Accident Maule MXT-7-180 N800CP, 24 Apr 2007
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 285003
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Time:10:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic M7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Maule MXT-7-180
Owner/operator:Eyes On The Border Foundation
Registration: N800CP
MSN: 14058C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Sierra Blanca, Texas -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Sierra Blanca, TX
Destination airport:Sierra Blanca, TX
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The 1,471-hour commercial pilot lost control of the single-engine airplane while attempting to abort a crosswind landing on a closed runway. The flight had originated from the accident location where the pilot arrived earlier in the day to pick-up an aerial observer. The flight was scheduled in support of a local sheriff department that has requested assistance in locating a stolen vehicle in a remote rural area. The search for the stolen vehicle was discontinued by the pilot after he became aware that a nearby airport had issued a high wind warning for the area. The mishap took place when the pilot elected to return to the airport to drop-off the observer. The pilot reported that he planned for a straight-in approach to runway 21. The closed airport was not equipped with a windsock; however, the pilot reported that he was aware that a strong right crosswind was present when he was established on final approach with the flaps extended to the 24-degree setting. The winds at the KELP airport at the time of the accident were reported from 270 degrees at 14 knots, gusting to 26 knots. The pilot added that soon after the right main landing gear tire touched down on the runway, a gust of wind attempted to roll the aircraft to the left and the pilot elected to apply full engine power to abort the landing. During the attempted aborted landing, the airplane collided with tall bushes lining both sides of the runway, continued through a fence, and finally came to rest on a pasture east of the runway. The right wing and the both horizontal stabilizers sustained structural damage. The pilot and the observer were not injured.

Probable Cause: The loss of control as result of the pilot's failure to compensate for the existing wind conditions. A contributing factor was the crosswind.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report

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