NTSB Identification: SEA06CA182.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 10, 2006 in Lewistown, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/31/2007
Aircraft: Maule M-4-180V, registration: N786ST
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The pilot said that he taxied the full length of the runway before takeoff, but did not notice the coyote hole. Upon landing, he said he hit something "hard" immediately after touchdown. The pilot performed a go-around, landed, and taxied to the hangar uneventfully. Post impact inspection revealed wrinkled skin under the left door. After removing the seats, it was determined that the carry-thru structure was bent.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The airplane inadvertently impacted a coyote hole during the landing roll on unsuitable terrain. Full narrative available
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