Saturday, May 20, 2017

Maule M-7-235C Orion, N126MC: Accident ccurred May 20, 2017 in Colton, St. Lawrence County, New York

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albany, New York

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA188
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Colton, NY
Aircraft: MAULE M7, registration: N126MC
Injuries: 2 Minor.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On May 20, 2017, at 1615 eastern daylight time, N126MC, an amphibious Maule M-7-235C airplane, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing to a field after a total loss of engine power near Colton, New York. The private pilot and the commercial pilot sustained minor injuries . The airplane was registered to and operated by the private pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from Tupper Lake, Tupper Lake, New York, about 1530, and was destined for Potsdam Municipal Airport (PTD), Potsdam, New York.

The private pilot stated that he was at the controls and the airplane was in a right bank at an altitude of 2,500 ft mean sea level (msl), when the engine "coughed and quit." The commercial pilot, who was seated in the right seat and had more experience flying the airplane, advanced the throttle and turned on the boost pump, while the private pilot leveled the airplane and looked for a place to land. The commercial pilot told the private pilot to switch the fuel selector to both tanks. The private pilot stated they were unable to re-start the engine and the commercial pilot, who took control of the airplane, made a gear-up, forced landing to a field. The landing resulted in substantial damage to both floats, the wing struts, both wings, the fuselage and the firewall. The airplane wreckage was retained for further examination.

The private pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, single-engine sea, and instrument airplane. His last third-class Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) medical was issued on February 16, 2016. The private pilot reported a 1,000 total flight hours, of which, 51 hours were in the same make and model as the accident airplane.

The commercial pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, single-engine sea, multiengine airplane with an instrument airplane. He was also a certified flight instructor for single and multiengine airplane. The commercial pilot's last FAA third-class medical was issued on June 4, 2015. He reported 3,375 total flight hours, of which, 1,785 hours were in the same make and model as the accident airplane.

The private pilot reported the weather as clear skies with light and variable wind.

COLTON — St. Lawrence County Sheriffs have identified Daniel Palmateer, 59, of Tupper Lake, and Matthew Clemente, 60, of Troy, as the two co-pilots in the plane crash Saturday afternoon.

Police, fire and rescue squads responded to reports of a plane crash near 4604 Route 56 shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday.

Sheriffs said the two co-pilots in the aircraft, which was described as a small fixed-wing plane with a propeller, escaped the plane crash without injuries except for “some bumps and bruises.”

According to police, the plane was flying from Tupper Lake to Potsdam Municipal Airport when it lost engine power. The two pilots were unable to restart the engine and had to make an emergency landing.

The plane will be dismantled and transported to the Federal Aviation Administration Flight Standards District Office in Albany for further investigation.

This is the second plane crash in the Colton area this month.

On the night of May 3, Eric Carrier, 35, of St.-Gedeon-de-Beauce, Quebec, was the sole victim of a plane crash in the vicinity of 327 Windmill Road in South Colton.

Original article can be found here:

A second airplane in less than a month crashed in Colton on Saturday.

St. Lawrence County sheriff deputies say central dispatch received a 911 call around 4:16 p.m. that the aircraft was down about a half mile from the Colton hamlet.

The Maule M-7-235C Orion left Tupper Lake around 3:30 p.m. and the engine failed about a half hour later.

The pilot, Daniel Palmateer, and co-pilot, Matthew Clemente, made an emergency landing in a meadow. Neither were injured, deputies said.

State troopers and first responders from Colton, South Colton and Pierrepont were also on scene.

There is an ongoing investigation into the incident, deputies said.

This is the second plane crash in Colton in a month. A May 3 crash in the same area claimed the life of a pilot.

Original article can be found here:


Two people walked away from a plane accident Saturday in town of Colton injury free, according to a release from the St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office.

The release says a plane traveling from Tupper Lake had to make an emergency landing around 4:00pm after the plane experienced engine failure. 

The two people in the plane found a spot near State Highway 56 in a small meadow, south of the hamlet.

The plane had left Tupper Lake around 3:30pm.

The pilot Daniel Palmateer and co-pilot Matthew Clemente were the only two in the plane. Neither reported any injuries.

Sheriff's deputies said they received the 911 call at 4:16pm.

The office was assisted by New York State Police, Colton and South Colton Fire and Rescue and Pierrepont First Responders.

The sheriff's office is continuing its investigation.

Original article can be found here:

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