Preliminary Accident Reports

April 2007 Issue

February 20, 2007, Prescott, Ariz., Maule M-7-235B

The pilot reported that climbing to about 25 feet after takeoff, but the airplane did not feel right so he pulled the throttle off to abort the takeoff. The airplane stalled and landed hard, collapsing the right landing gear main mount. The airport manager documented that the airplane’s wing had approximately ˝ inch of wet snow covering 2/3 of the wing’s upper surface. The pilot stated that he had performed a preflight inspection that involved clearing some of the snow from around the wing’s vortex generators with his fingers.

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