Martin N280DM

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Daniel Martin N280DM SE/RG

This airplane was destroyed in a crash NTSB.

The pilot flew a 15 minute local flight with a passenger in his homebuilt airplane, and returned to land at the departure airport. He entered a left downwind for runway 24, lowered the landing gear, and extended the speed brakes when he turned final. About 50 feet above the ground when he began to 'round out for the flair,' he encountered a gust of wind from the southeast. The pilot applied left 'stick and rudder,' full power, and raised the landing gear. When the pilot began to retract the speed brakes, he observed trees ahead of the airplane. The airplane continued to drift right and struck trees. Winds at an airport 18 miles to the southwest were from 230 degrees at 15, gusting to 25 knots. For more information check out the accident page.

Airworthiness Date: unknown
Builder:                     Dan Martin
Serial#:                     DMO280
Accident:                  07/04/1997

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