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N4550R accident description

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Crash location 35.145277°N, 106.795277°W
Nearest city Albuquerque, NM
35.084491°N, 106.651137°W
9.2 miles away
Tail number N4550R
Accident date 17 Mar 2011
Aircraft type Maule M-4-220C
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported that the tailwheel airplane began to "pitch left" during landing. The pilot made crosswind corrections and could not maintain wings level. The left wing touched the runway and the airplane continued straight. The airplane subsequently yawed to the right. The pilot was unable to correct the yaw with rudder application and engine power, and the airplane exited the runway. The airplane's left landing gear folded when it contacted the terrain off the runway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to its left wing spar. The pilot did not indicate that there were any airplane mechanical malfunctions prior to the airplane exiting the runway.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane during landing, which resulted in a runway excursion.

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