Runway excursion Accident Maule M-5-180C N171GS,
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Date:Monday 2 January 2012
Time:13:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic M5 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Maule M-5-180C
Registration: N171GS
MSN: 8014C
Total airframe hrs:1535 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O&VO-360 SER
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:River Ranch, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Indiantown, FL (X58)
Destination airport:River Ranch, FL (2RR)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot stated that the flight was conducted in visual flight rule conditions, and when he arrived at the destination airport he noted no airplanes in the area. He said that he heard no radio communications to indicate the appropriate landing direction, saw no signs of wind direction as he approached the airport, and the airport's wind sock did not indicate a wind or direction. The pilot elected to land on runway 16. When the airplane touched down, an unexpected wind gust pushed the airplane right of the runway center line. The pilot tried to straighten the airplane; however, the left wing tip and the left horizontal stabilizer tip contacted the ground, sustaining substantial damage. The pilot stated that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operations.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain directional control after encountering a wind gust during landing.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA12CA134
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Download report: Final report




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