NTSB: Floatplane gear down in fatal Maine crash

5:41 PM, Aug 27, 2010   |    comments
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ROCKWOOD, Maine (AP) -- A preliminary report says all four wheels of a floatplane were down when it crashed on Maine's Moosehead Lake and killed the pilot.

Telford Allen II was killed Aug. 1 when he attempted to land his plane in front of his home in Rockwood. The 64-year-old Allen, the founder of Telford Aviation Services of Bangor, was a highly experienced pilot with more than 23,000 hours of flight experience.

The National Transportation Safety Board's report says the landing gear was down at the time of the accident. Landing gear on pontoon-equipped planes is supposed to be up when landing on water, and down when landing on hard surfaces.

Allen's passenger, 61-year-old Natalie Holmes-Moody, of Rockwood, survived the accident.

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