Saturday, April 1, 2017

ICON A5, N672BA, registered to Icon Aircraft Inc., operated by Icon Flight Center East: Accident occurred April 01, 2017 in Key Largo, Florida

National Transportation Safety Board


Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Registered to Icon Aircraft Inc
Operated by Icon Flight Center East
http://registry.faa.gov/N672BA

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fort Lauderdale, Florida

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA213 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 01, 2017 in Key Largo, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/07/2017
Aircraft: ICON AIRCRAFT INC A5, registration: N672BA
Injuries: 2 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 the amphibious airplane reported that, during a no-flap water landing, he noticed a higher descent rate than expected. He added that he applied full power to initiate a go-around but that the airplane landed hard on the water. The pilot and passenger egressed the airplane and were rescued without further incident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
The pilot reported that he believed the airplane encountered “a windshift/shear to a tailwind as [he] transitioned high to low for landing approach toward the [south-southwest].” A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located about 6 miles west of the accident site reported that, about 17 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 090° at 9 knots.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to maintain a proper descent rate during the approach, which resulted in a hard landing.



The pilot of the amphibious airplane reported that during a no flap water landing, he noticed a higher descent rate than expected. He added that he applied full power to initiate a go-around, but the airplane landed hard on the water. The pilot and passenger egressed the airplane and were rescued without further incident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The pilot reported that he believes the airplane encountered "a windshift/shear to a tailwind as [he] transitioned high to low for landing approach toward the [south-southwest]". A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located about 6 miles to the west of the accident site reported that about 17 minutes before the accident the wind was 090° at 9 knots.




SOUTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A small plane made a water landing in South Miami-Dade, Saturday afternoon.

According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the Icon A5 aircraft landed in the area of Biscayne National Park with two male occupants on board.

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue boat was requested to assist Florida Fish and Wildlife and park officials.

When crews arrived, they found the men sitting on the wings of the mostly submerged plane. They were not injured.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Salt water .... take it to the junkyard!

Anonymous said...

Icon's facebook posting says a hard water landing resulted in a hull breach, and subsequent submerging. They suggest pilot error.

Martin Haisman said...

Any accident has to be reported to the NTSB or FAA. I can't find any NTSB preliminary report and it is a bit suspicious the aircraft has been spirited away to their facilities and broadcast already a hard landing without full investigation.

Anonymous said...

Freedom of Information Act = Request accident report status with the Flight Standards District Office. Also, the local news media outlets can investigate with FOIA.

Anonymous said...

Icon touts their airplanes for (mostly) wealthy, non-pilot, sports-car-lover types who want a flying toy that's easy and safe. That doesn't mean it's impossible to crash one!

Anonymous said...

Suspicious . . . . . .

Hates the Icon company said...

"While it probably IS pilot error, I find it tasteless and tacky for an aircraft manufacturer and CEO to point the finger so quickly. I'm becoming less impressed with this company each day. When I owned an Eclipse Jet, I always said that I loved the aircraft and hated the company. I'm afraid I might be feeling a bit of deja vu. -Icon position holder" -

Anonymous said...

Not a single mention (on the Icon Facebook page) of FAA and/or NTSB doing an investigation. Most, if not all, reputable aircraft manufacturers will state, let the NTSB and FAA investigators do their work. Not so with Icon. Icon took it upon themselves to "the situation is still under review by ICON, initial information suggests pilot error". Something really, really stinks about this company. Suspicious? Yes, extremely suspicious.

During flight operations in Miami, Florida this Saturday, 1 April, one of our A5s experienced an extremely hard landing that resulted in hull damage that caused the aircraft to take on water. Both the pilot and passenger were uninjured. While the aircraft subsequently submerged up to the wings, it remained afloat and was towed approximately 8 miles to a marina where it was loaded onto an A5 trailer and transported back to ICON. While the situation is still under review by ICON, initial information suggests pilot error. https://www.facebook.com/iconaircraft/

Bob Crow said...

It make no sense to issue a statement of blame so early after a crash...all mature aviation companies know this, ICON needs to be careful with their tactics or they could lose consumer confidence.

Anonymous said...

I am not defending Icon at all, but perhaps the pilot told them he made a hard landing?

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure it remained afloat. Those waters on the bayside of key largo are often less than 6 feet deep.

Unknown said...

And now the former baseball player dies. These crafts seem to crash bad perhaps they haven't the proper build to keep the plane stable for a smooth water landing and lack a strong enough hull to sustain the hits when it does.

Anonymous said...

This accident proves that being ex-military top guns does not make you a seaplane pilot. The ICON Company has no experienced seaplane pilots on their team, if they did this accident would not have happened. They don’t even have a VSI which is critical for water landings. Why would anyone fly with their so called "instructors".......

Anonymous said...

Glad that ICON is making toy-aircraft and not airliners !