The pilot reported that following an uneventful takeoff in the amphibious float equipped Maule M7-235, he intended on performing a water landing at a nearby lake as part of his checkride.
During the water landing near Lake Havasu, Arizona, the airplane immediately nosed over, which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage and wings, as well as two minor injuries.
The pilot stated he had become distracted after takeoff and did not retract the landing gear for the water landing.
The designated pilot examiner onboard the airplane reported that he did not confirm the position of the landing gear prior to the water landing.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilots’ failure to verify the landing gear position prior to the water landing and the pilot/examiner’s failure to adequately monitor the pilot.
NTSB Identification: WPR14CA093
This January 2014 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.