Accident Maule M-7-235 N56564, Wednesday 20 September 1995
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Date:Wednesday 20 September 1995
Time:16:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic M7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Maule M-7-235
Registration: N56564
MSN: 4010C
Total airframe hrs:1250 hours
Engine model:LYCOMING IO-540-W1ASD
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Aniak, AK -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:
Destination airport:(KANI)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot was attempting to takeoff from a remote lake towards rising terrain. He had made an earlier flight in the same direction with winds estimated at 7 to 10 knots. The initial flight was made without incident. The pilot said that soon after takeoff on the accident flight, he suddenly encountered winds estimated at 40 knots. Also, he said that an associated downdraft would not allow the airplane to climb away from the rising terrain, and that he elected to land in the tundra instead of continuing into higher terrain.

Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate weather evaluation. Factors associated with the accident were: the box canyon, rising terrain, wind gusts, and downdrafts.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ANC95LA172
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 7 months
Download report: Final report




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