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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 34458
Last updated: 8 March 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic M7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Maule MXT-7 Star Rocket 180A
Registration: N4257C
C/n / msn: 21070C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Santa Teresa, NM -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Santa Teresa, NM (5t6)
Destination airport:Springerville, AZ (D68)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Witnesses observed the airplane taxi and perform an intersection takeoff directly towards an isolated thunderstorm located off the departure end of the runway. The airplane appeared to climb to 150 to 200 feet above the ground before disappearing from view as it went into the storm. One witness stated that the airplane's wings were rocking back and forth and that it appeared the pilot was having difficulty controlling the airplane, just before it went out of view. Five to ten minutes later, after the storm moved past, smoke was seen rising approximately one mile west of the airport. The airplane was destroyed by post impact fire. Weather radar data showed the thunderstorm was producing an approximate 60 knot wind shear at the time of the accident. There was a SIGMET active for the accident location and time which warned of the possibility of severe thunderstorms. There was no evidence the pilots obtained a weather briefing prior to taking off.
Probable Cause: The pilot's decision to takeoff and fly into a thunderstorm.




(c) NTSB

Revision history:

14-Oct-2008 09:36 harro Updated
14-Oct-2008 10:20 harro Updated
19-Oct-2008 23:42 angels one five Updated
07-Jul-2009 11:36 harro Updated
03-Dec-2017 12:09 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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