Sunday, April 24, 2016

Maule M-7-235B Super Rocket, N367FS: Incident occurred April 24, 2016 in Littleton, Halifax County, North Carolina


Date: 24-APR-16

Time: 18:45:00Z
Regis#: N367FS
Aircraft Make: MAULE
Aircraft Model: M7
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: North Carolina


GASTON LAKE — A small plane with three people onboard rolled three times while trying to land on Lake Gaston Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Officials said the aircraft—a 2005 Maule 235 single engine plane—was piloted by Paul Heaton Jr. Authorities said Heaton regularly lands the aircraft on Gaston Lake without incident. 

Heaton Jr. and two passengers onboard were not hurt in the accident, officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash. No additional information has been released.

Original article can be found here:

LITTLETON, N.C. (WTVD) --  A small plane with three people on board flipped over after landing on Lake Gaston in Littleton on Sunday, according to the FAA.

It was a float plane and it happened around 3:30 p.m. Highway Patrol said Paul Heaton of Roanoke Rapids was piloting the aircraft.

Heaton says he and the other two passengers are doing fine. They were flying locally to take scenic pictures. He says the landing was normal but there appeared to be a failure with the left pontoon.

The plane rolled over 3 times, according to troopers.

Heaton is still working with the FAA to figure out what happened.

The plane was removed from the lake and the the FAA is investigating.

Original article can be found here:

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