On July 3, 2004, about 1230 eastern daylight time, a Bellanca 7ECA, N57430, was substantially damaged while landing at the Bennetts Airport, North Creek, New York. The certificated private pilot and passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.

The pilot reported that he was landing the tail-wheeled airplane to the northwest, on a 3,000-foot-long, 150-foot-wide, turf runway. After touchdown, the airplane veered to the right, and it's right wingtip impacted a tree.

The pilot reported that the winds were calm, and he did not experience any mechanical malfunctions.

According to the pilot's logbook, prior to the accident, he had accumulated about 122 hours of total flight experience, which included 11 hours in tail-wheel airplanes. He received an endorsement to operate tail-wheel airplanes on June 24, 2004.

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