Accident Maule MX-7-235 N70LB, Sunday 6 July 2003
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Date:Sunday 6 July 2003
Time:09:39 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic M7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Maule MX-7-235
Owner/operator:Stephen Grabowski
Registration: N70LB
MSN: 10010C
Engine model:Lycoming O-540
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:East Brady, Pennsylvania -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Butler County/K. W. Scholter Field Airport, PA (BTP/KBTP)
Destination airport:East Brady, PA
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot set up for a river landing by first circling the touchdown zone twice to check for obstacles, and waiting for boat traffic to clear. The pilot maintained an airspeed of about 75 knots during the approach, and slowed to an estimated 60 knots just above the water. During the touchdown, the airplane bounced, and the pilot added power to cushion the landing. The airplane touched down on the water on its left float, bounced onto its right float, then again on its left float. During the last bounce, the left strut impacted the fuselage, and the airplane came to rest on the shore of the river. Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to both pontoons, both wings, the engine cowling, and the propeller. No mechanical anomalies were noted with the airplane.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane during landing.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: NYC03CA152
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 8 months
Download report: Final report



History of this aircraft

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11 July 1985 N70LB Private 0 Savoy, MA sub

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