Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Progressive Aerodyne Searey, N801SR: Accident occurred August 23, 2016 at Sebring Regional Airport (KSEF), Highlands County, Florida


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Orlando FSDO-15

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA299
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 23, 2016 in Sebring, FL
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On August 23, 2016 about 1500 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Searey, N801SR, was substantially damaged during a forced landing while attempting to depart from Sebring Regional Airport (SEF), Sebring, Florida. The flight instructor incurred minor injuries and the student pilot was seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local instructional flight. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the flight instructor, he and the student pilot flew the airplane earlier in the day from Bartow, Florida to Sebring. The airplane was to remain in Sebring for the duration of the instructional lessons. After lunch and a brief overview of the lesson to follow, the instructor and student performed another preflight inspection of the airplane and taxied to the runway. Immediately after takeoff, approximately 200 feet above ground level, the engine starting running rough and "sputtering." The flight instructor immediately decreased the angle of attack and the engine lost all power. The flight instructor then tried to land on the runway. The airplane landed "hard" slid into an embankment, and became airborne briefly before coming to rest.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that it airplane had incurred damage to the fuselage and the left main landing gear had separated from the fuselage.

The airplane, which was equipped with a Rotax 914ULS, 115 horsepower engine was retained for further examination.

A seaplane, an amphibious aircraft, was involved in an accident at Sebring Regional Airport around 3 p.m. Tuesday. 

Airport director Mike Willingham said two people were injured and were transported to the hospital. “Their injuries did not appear to be life threatening,” he said. 

One runway was closed Tuesday afternoon after the accident, Willingham said. 

EMS and a fire department were on the scene, and the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office had taken control of the accident scene, Willingham said Tuesday afternoon.

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