Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Aviat A-1B Husky, N125MS: Incident occurred May 08, 2017 in Cedar Lake, Traverse City, Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids

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Aircraft, floatplane, landed on the water and flipped over.  

Date: 08-MAY-17

Time: 13:34:00Z
Regis#: N125MS
Aircraft Make: AVIAT
Aircraft Model: A-1B
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

LEELANAU COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- A man was rescued after a plane crash in Cedar Lake.

It happened just after 9:30 a.m. in Cedar Lake off of Cherry Bend Road.

According to the Leelanau County Sheriff's Office, the pilot, 59-year-old Kevin Malone, made an uncontrolled landing causing the water plane to overturn.

Malone said he thinks the crash may have had something to do with the plane's wheels.

"The wheels were down when we landed," Malone said. "We'll have to figure out why that happened later. When that happens in a sea plane, it goes end over end and it winds up upside down."

We are told there was only one person in the plane. Malone was rescued and able to walk away from the scene.

Before emergency crews arrived, Father Christopher Jarvis and his dad paddled out in a rowboat to get Malone safely to shore. They found him on top of the floating plane.

"You know it's kind of like Divine Providence because to be honest with you, I was going to be heading downstate today and I shouldn't even have been here," said Father Jarvis. "We started to talk for a little while and it delayed us enough time but Providence of God that that happened and we were still here."

A witness at the scene says he has seen the plane land in Cedar Lake several times before. The witness says he saw the plane coming in pretty quick.

Crews did get the plane out of the lake Monday afternoon around the two, with the help of a dive team from the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office and Team Elmer's. 

Team Elmer's brought a crane in to hoist the airplane out of the water and onto the ground.

The Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating to determine an exact cause of the crash.

Story and video:   http://upnorthlive.com 

TRAVERSE CITY — A failed water landing triggered an early morning rescue on Cedar Lake.

Leelanau County Sheriff Michael Borkovich said a man flipped his floatplane after attempting a morning water landing on Cedar Lake on Monday at about 9:30 a.m. The man — who was rescued by a local pastor and his father — was “very cold” but likely will walk away from the failed landing without injury, he added.

Noel Flohe, who lives on Cherry Bend Road along the shores of the lake, said he noticed an airplane heading toward the water and pulled over at the public boat launch to watch the landing. The plane was tipped vertically by the time he arrived.

“I thought, that’s the (plane) that usually comes down on Cedar Lake,” Flohe said. “As I turned to get on Cherry Bend Road, he was coming down pretty steep. … When I got around the corner, he was already in the water with his pontoons up on its nose. I hit 911 because I know that water is cold.”

Monday’s temperature was 45 degrees; Borkovich said Cedar Lake's water temperature was about 52 degrees and noted the frigid temperatures could quickly cause some potential health issues. But “divine providence” might have prevented the situation was growing worse.

The Rev. Christopher Jarvis, associate pastor at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, and his father, Donald Jarvis, were visiting with family when the plane came down. The two launched a 14-foot rowboat and a kayak to retrieve the stranded pilot after he climbed aboard his overturned plane.

The duo gave credit to God for the timing. They were previously scheduled to travel downstate but a prolonged conversation delayed their departure. Donald Jarvis said the man looked cold and wet — but otherwise safe — sitting atop his plane with a life preserver before they rowed out.

The pilot recovered in the back of an ambulance as the plane was retrieved from the water. The Jarvis’ — who later came to check on the pilot — said he looked a lot better than when they found him. Borkovich said the man is expected to make a full recovery.

Authorities at the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Department were assisted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Elmwood Township Fire and Rescue. And this wasn’t Donald Jarvis’ first time helping out in a dicey situation.

Christopher Jarvis said his dad went out to help after a boat overturned on the lake about a decade ago.

“He’s making a habit out of it,” Christopher Jarvis said.

Original article can be found here:   http://www.record-eagle.com

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