Accident Maule M-7-235 N126DP, Thursday 26 April 2001
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Date:Thursday 26 April 2001
Time:12:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic M7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Maule M-7-235
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N126DP
MSN: 25004C
Total airframe hrs:454 hours
Engine model:Lycoming IO-540-W1A5
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Summer Lake, OR -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Bend, OR (S07)
Destination airport:Summer Lake, OR
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The pilot elected to make an off-field landing in an area that had previously been covered by a lake when water levels were higher. The pilot used soft-field techniques, and the initial touchdown was uneventful. But, as the aircraft slowed, it sank into the soft terrain and nosed over. The pilot had taken no action to determine the firmness of the terrain prior to landing.

Probable Cause: the pilot's decision to land on a dry lake bed without first taking action to determine the firmness of the surface. Factors include soft terrain at the location the pilot chose to land.

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: SEA01LA079
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report

Sources:

NTSB SEA01LA079

Location

Revision history:

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