Aircraft: Maule M-5-180C. Injuries: None. Location: River Ranch, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot, who was on approach to the airport in VFR conditions, stated that he didn’t see any other airplanes or hear any radio communications to indicate the appropriate runway, and there were no visual indications of wind direction.
He chose to land on runway 16. When the airplane touched down, an unexpected wind gust pushed it right of the runway center line.
Before he could regain control the left wing tip and the left horizontal stabilizer tip hit the ground, sustaining substantial damage.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control after encountering a wind gust during landing.
NTSB Identification: ERA12CA134
This January 2012 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.