Accident Maule MX-7-180A N17MX, 30 Jul 2010
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 288261
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Time:14:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic M7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Maule MX-7-180A
Registration: N17MX
MSN: 20043C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Pittsfield, Illinois -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Dodge City Municipal Airport, KS (DDC/KDDC)
Destination airport:Springfield-Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, IL (SPI/KSPI)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The non-instrument-rated pilot was on a cross-country flight when he encountered deteriorating weather conditions. The pilot was receiving flight following from air traffic control and, after discussing the weather conditions, he advised the controller that he was going to divert to a nearby airport. While en route to the airport, the airplane encountered increasingly lower cloud ceilings and the pilot elected to perform a precautionary off-field landing onto a county road. During the landing rollout the right main landing gear departed the road and the airplane subsequently impacted a ditch alongside the road. The primary fuselage structure and both wings were substantially damaged during the accident. A nearby airport weather observation station reported scattered clouds between 700 and 1,500 feet, an overcast ceiling at 2,100 feet, and a 5-mile ground visibility with drizzle.

Probable Cause: The pilot's loss of directional control during a precautionary off-field landing that he performed after encountering deteriorating weather conditions.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 8 months
Download report: Final report

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