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Accident Report — Pilot's decision to take off and fly into marginal weather conditions results in nose over — Maule M-5-235C

from I Fly America

The private, non-instrument-rated pilot reported departing on a local personal flight. About 45 minutes after departure he encountered reduced visibility and elected to perform an off-field landing on a road. During the landing roll the airplane encountered a snow bank and nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer, rudder, and left wing during the accident sequence. The closest weather reporting station to the departure airport reported a visibility of 3/4 miles, mist with a few clouds at 400 feet above ground level, and a broken layer at 1,200 feet about the time of departure. more

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7701 Las Colinas Blvd., Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063