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NTSB Identification: GAA15CA074
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 16, 2015 in Sharps Chapel, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/08/2015
Aircraft: MAULE MX 7-180C, registration: N567HW
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 reported that during the landing roll on his first landing to his newly constructed airfield, the airplane's left main wheel came in contact with "something" and bounced in the air. The airplane veered to the left, the left wing tip struck a branch, continued to veer to the left and impacted a tree, which resulted in substantial damage to the left wing spar.

The pilot reported there were no pre-impact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.


The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • Collision with an obstacle during the landing roll, which resulted in a loss of control and subsequent runway excursion and tree strike.