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Posted: 6/17/2014 10:28:27 AM EDT
So...we had a bit of a fuck up.
Me and my dad were out flying around in our Maule, and we came back in to land at the grass strip on our farm.
As we came in, we got hit by a downdraft right as we were about to touch down (FYI, possibly the worst time to get a downdraft.)
We came down hard, the landing gear pancaked and the plane ended up on its belly. The prop struck the ground, throwing dirt everywhere, but it didn't catch and flip us (Thank god)
We slid about 50 yards and came to a stop.
We were both unhurt, aircraft held up surprisingly well. We don't think the frame was bent, but the antennas are trashed, the landing gear is of course ka-put, prop is bent to hell, and the engine will need an inspection and likely a rebuild. From my estimates thats around 15-30k.
On the bright side, we weren't injured, and It had just rained yesterday so the ground was soft, minimizing the damage.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:30:02 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/17/2014 10:30:37 AM EDT by VoodooChile]
uhh....we'll be needing pics of this immediately

oh yeah..glad you are safe
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:30:04 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:30:09 AM EDT
Sounds like you had a very CHEAP day. Funerals are expensive. Glad you're ok.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:30:24 AM EDT
Dang! Glad you could walk away.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:30:55 AM EDT
The line about walking away comes to mind
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:31:03 AM EDT
good news is you might be able to recover some of that money with those new dimonds you just made
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:31:07 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By backbencher:
Sounds like you had a very CHEAP day. Funerals are expensive. Glad you're ok.
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Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:31:08 AM EDT
DAMN!



Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:31:19 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By VoodooChile:
uhh....we'll be needing pics of this immediately

oh yeah..glad you are safe
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THIS
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:31:34 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By VoodooChile:
uhh....we'll be needing pics of this immediately

oh yeah..glad you are safe
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Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:31:45 AM EDT
Insurance?
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:32:13 AM EDT
That sucks about the damage, but IMO, you had a very good day. I'm glad neither of you were injured.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:32:26 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By 2000Z3M:
good news is you might be able to recover some of that money with those new dimonds you just made
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LOL
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:32:35 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Hugo_Stiglitz:
Insurance?
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Yep, were working on that now, with any luck it won't be deemed a total loss.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:32:38 AM EDT
Curious what part of NC?
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:33:33 AM EDT
I don't believe in luck, but you may want to buy a lotto ticket today.

Very glad you guys are ok! The plane can be fixed.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:34:05 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By 2000Z3M:
good news is you might be able to recover some of that money with those new dimonds you just made
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lol. Chocolate diamonds are popular these days.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:34:58 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By sigp226:
That sucks about the damage, but IMO, you had a very good day. I'm glad neither of you were injured.
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This. ........ it sucks that the bird got bent....bit a really good thing that you both walked away unhurt.

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Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:37:22 AM EDT
A reminder of the surprises that can await us in our chosen hobby (or vocation). Glad you are OK. Airplanes are easy to fix/replace. You & your father, not so much.

/TCP
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:38:24 AM EDT
Expensive toys are expensive to fix
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:38:43 AM EDT
Pics or it is just another CSB.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:39:08 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Private-Sectre:
Curious what part of NC?
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North of Shelby.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:40:11 AM EDT
Pictures??????
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:40:17 AM EDT
Damn! Glad you guys are unhurt. Maules are some of my favorite GA aircraft.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:42:28 AM EDT
Tag for pics of mauled Maules.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:42:51 AM EDT
Glad you and your dad are ok!

I totaled my 140 in 1980 and was thinking I was having a real bad day. Before the day was over, 2 additional light plane crashes took 4 lives.

Still sucks though......
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:43:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/17/2014 10:44:01 AM EDT by Target556x45mm]
Pics, for those interested.

Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:43:29 AM EDT
That's going to take some time to buff out.

Glad your Father and yourself came out unscathed.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:45:24 AM EDT
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Shit'll buff out. You have the STOL kit on yours?
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:45:41 AM EDT
I guess if your going to crash, that's the way to do it. Could have been a lot worse.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:45:46 AM EDT
Front did fall off.




Glad you're both ok.

Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:45:57 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/17/2014 10:46:49 AM EDT by jeep450]
1st pic the grass looks to me to be too tall to land in.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:46:21 AM EDT
Hey, you walked away. Very glad to hear that.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:46:37 AM EDT
Glad you are OK.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:46:50 AM EDT
Heck of a landing man, glad youre ok.

Flying is def way to expensive of a hobby for me though. Not sure how you cover than $15-30k but thats a machine gun right there!
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:47:11 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By backbencher:
Sounds like you had a very CHEAP day. Funerals are expensive. Glad you're ok.
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Naw...about the same price

But what do they say about landings, OP? Any landing you can walk away from....
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:47:32 AM EDT
Happy to hear nobody is hurt!
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:48:07 AM EDT
Glad you are ok! Downdrafts are scary especially when you are close to the ground and near stall.

Post this on AOPA so the experts can tell you how it's all your fault. Pilot boards are somehow worse than gun boards.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:48:41 AM EDT
Downdraft? Yeah ok....
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:50:03 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By manchu39:
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I second this.

I think any landing you walk away from is a good one.

The damage sucks, but at least everyone is safe.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:50:24 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By jeep450:
1st pic the grass looks to me to be too tall to land in.
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Its a Maule, sop.
Get yourself down to GA and pick up some parts and get back flying.
If insured get a reman engine, if not do a crankshaft run out inspection and new prop.
Good luck.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:51:13 AM EDT
its a great day anytime you walk away

but yeah, I believe prop strikes require complete teardown and rebuild/inspection
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:53:25 AM EDT
Did you shit in your pants?
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:55:17 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By backbencher:
Sounds like you had a very CHEAP day. Funerals are expensive. Glad you're ok.
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It's a good landing if you walk away...
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:55:40 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By jeep450:
1st pic the grass looks to me to be too tall to land in.
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We skidded off the runway. Fully understandable, yanno with missing wheels and all.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:55:43 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By wpsharpshooter:
Expensive toys are expensive to fix
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Yup unfortunately. Get'er airworthy again and get back to flying asap. In for the pics...
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:56:43 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:56:52 AM EDT
I say. This reminds of the time when the gold plating on my steering wheel began to rub off. It's a shame when nice things look like they were used by common people.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:58:42 AM EDT
look at the bright side....


your alive and survived a crash landing.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:59:59 AM EDT
Wow, glad you guys are OK! Sorry about the plane, I hope insurance comes through for you.

Don't let it scare you away from aviation. Use the opportunity to learn about what went wrong. Mid day thermal in a short field? Low AOA to compensate and then hit the back side right before touchdown? Whatever it was, understand it and become an even better pilot
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