Accident Maule MX-7-180A Sportplane N61SR, 18 Dec 2017
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 208613
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Type:Silhouette image of generic M7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Maule MX-7-180A Sportplane
Registration: N61SR
MSN: 20016C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Willow, AK -   United States of America
Phase: Taxi
Departure airport:Willow, AK (UUO)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot of a Piper PA-20 Pacer airplane (N1562A) reported that, while taxiing from the runway to his tie-down space, he was taxiing "into the sun". He added that, before he could react, he struck the tail of a Maule MX-7-180A Sportplane (N61SR), which was stopped on the taxiway.
The pilot of the Maule airplane reported to the Federal Aviation Administration inspector that he was planning to depart and had stopped on the taxiway to put on his seat belt, when his airplane was struck from behind.
The Piper sustained substantial damage to the right wing lift strut; the Maule sustained substantial damage to the empennage.
The Piper and Maule pilots reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplanes that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The other pilot’s failure to see and avoid another airplane parked on the taxiway while taxiing in sun glare conditions.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report


Photo: FAA

Revision history:

02-Apr-2018 07:33 ASN Update Bot Added
02-Apr-2018 08:01 harro Updated [Phase, Narrative]

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