MAC CUB M1 – Float Plane – Lost Power – Crashed in Lake


C-FOTX, a float equipped, amateur built, MAC CUB M1 aircraft (Piper PA18 replica), was
departing Lake Huron, near Bruce Mines, ON. After take-off when the aircraft was about 200 feet
AGL, the engine (Avco Lycoming, O-290-D2) lost power.

Due to the perceived obstacles ahead, the pilot turned back toward the lake. An aerodynamic stall ensued, and the pilot lost control of the aircraft.

The aircraft impacted the water in a steep nose down attitude, flipped over and became submerged in shallow water. The pilot, who was wearing a shoulder harness, was not injured and was able to egress the aircraft.