NTSB Identification: FTW97LA205.
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Accident occurred Sunday, May 25, 1997 in ENGLEWOOD, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/1997
Aircraft: Maule M-4-220C, registration: N9865M
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot reported that he was advised by the control tower that the winds were from 070 degrees at 10 knots, and that this was confirmed by the ATIS. He was cleared to land on runway 35R. The pilot reported that during the landing roll, a gust of wind was encountered, and the airplane ground looped. Also, the pilot said that neither the control tower nor the ATIS transmission made mention of wind gusts. The pilot estimated the wind was gusting an additional 5 to 10 knots.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

failure of the pilot to maintain directional control of the airplane during the landing roll. The gusty crosswind condition was a related factor.

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