Thursday, July 7, 2016

Cessna 180J Skywagon, N767MH: Accident occurred July 06, 2016 in New Durham, Strafford County, New Hampshire

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Portland FSDO-65

Aviation Accident Final Report  -  National Transportation Safety Board:

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Aviation Accident Data Summary  - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA370
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 06, 2016 in New Durham, NH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/05/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 180, registration: N767MH
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot of a float-equipped airplane reported that immediately after touch down, the float plane encountered a boat wake, veered sharply to the left, water-looped, and became submerged inverted. 

The float plane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

According to the pilot there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation. 

The pilot reported that the wake that his float plane encountered which precipitated the water-loop may have been generated by a boat that is used by a local ski school.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during landing after encountering a boat wake, which resulted in the airplane veering left, impacting the water's surface, and subsequently becoming submerged.

NEW DURHAM — The pilot of a Cessna 180J Skywagon floatplane that flipped while landing on Merrymeeting Lake Wednesday afternoon says the most important thing is that nobody was injured during the incident.

Mike Hoffman, who lives in New Durham, said it was a normal landing until the airplane veered, and he was no longer able to control it.

“I was lucky enough to get out,” Hoffman said.

Hoffman is a retired pilot with 56 years of experience under his belt. He flew for commercial airlines for 35 years, he said.

Hoffman said he has never been in a crash, but he has had training on what to do in an emergency, and it kicked in. He was able to remain calm and get himself out of the plane uninjured.

Hoffman’s plane sustained noticeable damage.

Witness David Michaels, who was visiting from New York, said he was sitting inside his house when he saw the plane flip.

“We often see planes landing here, and my wife said ’Oh, here he comes, he’s landing the airplane,’ so I started watching, and as he was coming down, he came in low, he was flying very low, and the plane seemed to lift up a little bit, tilted to one side, tilted to the other, and a wing caught the water, and flipped it right over,” Michaels said.

Those on the public beach in New Durham said this week is particularly busy for the lake community, because of the Fourth of July holiday. Resident Mike Bedard said a number of people have second homes and camps on Merrymeeting Lake. The beach reserved for New Durham residents was packed with those looking to cool off Wednesday afternoon. There were a number of boats and jet skis on the water.

There is no indication Hoffman was close to hitting any watercraft during the incident. Police Chief Shawn Bernier said some boaters assisted Hoffman from the water. The plane was towed to Merrymeeting Market and Marina, where it was flipped over using a crane.

New Durham police, fire, EMS and Marine Patrol responded to the scene.

Original article can be found here:

NEW DURHAM, N.H. —A floatplane flipped over Wednesday after landing on Merrymeeting Lake in New Durham, federal aviation officials said.

The Cessna 180J Skywagon plane flipped over around 1:45 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Mike Hoffman, the only person on board the plane, wasn't injured.

The plane was towed to shore, and officials said there was no leakage from the aircraft. Emerson Aviation used a crane to remove the plane from the lake. It's the third time in the last five years they've recovered a plane from New Hampshire waters.

Briana Harvey saw the incident unfold right in view of her lakefront home and grabbed her camera, hoping to get a picture of the landing.

"It circled around and came down, and all of a sudden it looked like a normal landing and it literally just went overhead over tea kettle," she said.

It wasn't the picture-perfect landing she had seen the pilot perform dozens of times.

"I just so happened to take the photo and I just looked up and I went, 'Wait, that wasn't the landing.' It was just kind of sheer shock," Harvey said. "All of a sudden, we saw the pontoons just kind of sinking."

That's when she called 911. Her uncle ran to a boat to get to the sinking aircraft.

"We zoomed my camera in a lot and my mom grabbed binoculars, and we saw him between the two pontoons," Harvey said.

Hoffman was able to open the door after the cabin filled with water. He did not want to go on camera due to an investigation being conducted by the FAA.

His friends said he is a commercial pilot who has been flying for more than 50 years.

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A floatplane flipped over Wednesday after landing on Merrymeeting Lake in New Durham, federal aviation officials said.

The Cessna 180J Skywagon floatplane flipped over around 1:45 pm., according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The pilot was the only person on board the plane. The pilot’s condition was not immediately known.

The FAA is investigating.

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