NTSB Identification: ATL05CA150.
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Accident occurred Saturday, August 20, 2005 in OCRACOKE iSLAND, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/2005
Aircraft: Maule M4-210C, registration: N40624
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot was attempting to make a crosswind land on runway 06 at Ocracoke Island Airport. The airplane touchdown on the right main landing gear first, veered off the left side of the runway and collided with small trees. Post-accident examination of the airplane revealed damage to the right main landing gear, propeller, and fuselage. No weather reporting facility is located on the field. Winds were estimated at 25 to 30 knots out of the west. Post-accident examination of the flight control surfaces revealed no mechanical failures. The pilot did not report any mechanical problems with the airplane during flight.

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

The pilot's inadequate compensation for winds and his failure to maintain directional control during a crosswind landing, which resulted in an on-ground collision with trees. A factor was the crosswind condition.

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