Accident Maule MX-7-180C Star Rocket N1043B,
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Date:Monday 30 May 2022
Type:Silhouette image of generic M7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Maule MX-7-180C Star Rocket
Registration: N1043B
MSN: 28003C
Year of manufacture:1997
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Ells Field/Willits Municipal Airport (O28), CA -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Sonoma Airport, CA (0Q9)
Destination airport:Ells Field/Willits Municipal Airport, CA (O28)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On May 30, 2022, about 0840 Pacific daylight time, a Maule MX-7-180C airplane, N1043B, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Willits, California. The pilot was fatally injured, and the passenger was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the passenger, they departed Sonoma, California about 0715 and flew directly to their destination about 84 nm northwest of their departure airport. After an uneventful flight they approached the private dirt airstrip from the southwest, but during the landing attempt the airplane contacted the runway hard and bounced. The passenger further reported that the pilot immediately added power to perform a go-around and the airplane appeared to transition into a normal climb. However, as they were cresting a group of 60-100 ft tall trees, the passenger observed the pilot express concern while he attempted to manipulate the throttle. The airplane then abruptly turned left and transitioned into a nose down attitude before it impacted the ground. A postcrash fire ensued.

The airplane came to rest at the base of a tree about 2,000 feet northeast of the private strip. The airplane was mostly consumed by postrcrash fire with the exception of the right wing, which remained attached to the fuselage frame. Both propeller blades were attached to the propeller hub, which had separated from the engine at the crankshaft. The empennage frame was intact, but the vertical stabilizer, rudder, and elevator fabric were consumed by postcrash fire.


Revision history:

30-May-2022 20:49 Captain Adam Added
31-May-2022 03:06 johnwg Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Country, Nature, Source, Narrative]
31-May-2022 15:13 Captain Adam Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Phase, Source, Narrative]
22-Jun-2022 22:09 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Category]

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