Monday, August 10, 2015

Aventura II, N6356Z, Stall Out Multiple Sclerosis LLC: Incident occurred August 10, 2015 in Lake Tyler, Smith County, Texas

Date: 10-AUG-15 
 Time: 09:00:00Z
Regis#: N6356Z
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Activity: Personal
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
State: Texas




Daniel Gonzalez was working on a fence at a home on Lake Tyler when he saw a plane crash less than 100 yards from him Monday morning.

Whitehouse firefighters, Tyler police, Tyler fire personnel, EMS and other agencies responded to the plane crash just before 9 a.m. Monday.

Tyler police at the scene said pilot Sam Wells, 67, of Tyler, was doing "touch-and-gos" on Lake Tyler's surface for about an hour when he lost control of the Aero Adventure ultralight amphibious two-seater aircraft.

Wells, the owner of Coyote Sams in Tyler, was taken to a local hospital with a head injury, but was talking with officials at the scene after the crash. 

"I saw the airplane coming and he was too close to the (boathouse) and I think he thought he was going to hit the building, so he pulled up and then the plane came straight down," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez said he and another worker ran to the water to check on Wells and find out if he was alone in the plane. 

"He said he was the only person, and we asked if he could make it. We saw his head was bloody, and he told us he couldn't make it," he said.

Gonzalez said the other worker jumped into the lake and swam to Wells, but then a boat came to both men's rescue and got them back to shore. 

"They were having a hard time, so the guy on the boat really helped a lot," Gonzalez said.

Lynn Lundsford with the Federal Aviation Administration said his agency is continuing their investigation into the cause of the crash and crews would be tasked in recovering the aircraft, which crashed in about waters about 10-feet of water and was almost fully submerged. 

It was not clear if Wells is the owner of the plane, and information concerning its registration was not available as of presstime. 

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