Aircraft: Maule MXT-180A. Injuries: None. Location: Manzanita, Ore. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot said everything seemed normal as the airplane crossed over the trees on final approach, and it was lined up with the runway centerline. But before the plane touched down, the wind shifted to a crosswind, and the airplane veered to the side of the runway.
The pilot attempted to realign the airplane with the runway, and added power to perform a go-around.
The plane touched down and bounced. The right wing hit a tree, and the plane then spun into a line of trees, substantially damaging both wings and the fuselage.
Probable cause: The pilot’s inadequate compensation for the crosswind during landing, which resulted in a loss of directional control.
NTSB Identification: WPR12CA390
This August 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.