NTSB Identification: SEA05LA024.
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Accident occurred Saturday, December 04, 2004 in Hermiston, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/28/2005
Aircraft: Maule MX-7-235, registration: N420CD
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that after flying around the local area for about one hour, he decided to land in an open field. The pilot reported that he set-up a normal approach to land over a 30 to 40 foot obstacle. After clearing the obstacle, he lowered the nose of the aircraft, then flared for the landing. The flare did not adequately arrest the descent rate and the aircraft touched down hard subsequently collapsing both main landing gear. The aircraft slid on its belly for about 100 to 150 feet before coming to rest.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

An improper flare and descent rate during landing resulting in a hard landing.

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