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N5655P accident description

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Crash location 36.124445°N, 86.678056°W
Nearest city Nashville, TN
36.165890°N, 86.784443°W
6.6 miles away
Tail number N5655P
Accident date 07 Mar 2004
Aircraft type Maule MX-7-235
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On March 7, 2004, at 1736 central standard time, a Maule M-7, N5655P registered to and operated by a commercial pilot ground looped at Nashville International Airport, Nashville, Tennessee. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 91 with VFR flight plan filed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The airplane sustained substantial damage, and the commercial pilot and pilot rated passenger were uninjured. The flight departed Yeager Airport, Charleston, West Virginia, on March 7, 2004 at 1530 eastern standard time.

According to the pilot, during the final approach to land "a significant amount of left aileron was used to correct for the left crosswind component of wind at the time." During the landing flare on runway 31, a strong gust of wind from the left lifted the airplane. The pilot was unable to maintain control and landed hard on the right main landing gear and ground looped. No flight control or mechanical anomalies were reported by the pilot prior to the accident.

Examination of the airplane revealed, the right wing assembly, fuselage, and right main strut was buckled. Review of the weather conditions for Nashville International Airport at 1744 reported winds at 300 degrees,17 knots and gusting to 25 knots.

Review of the Maule MX-7-235; Airplane Flight Manual, Normal Flight Procedures, section 3.3-F: Crosswind Landings & Takeoffs, states: Maximum demonstrated crosswind component is 12 knots (14 mph) and flap extension should be limited to 0-degrees (one notch) or -7 degrees with such crosswind or higher. 14 mph is the maximum demonstrated for certification of the airplane and is not considered limiting with flaps at 0-degrees.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's inadequate compensation for wind and his failure to maintain aircraft control which resulted in a hard landing. The pilot's decision to land in wind conditions that exceeded the demonstrated crosswind component, wind gusts, and a crosswind were contributing factors.

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