Monday, May 1, 2017

Glastar, N89SR: Accident occurred April 30, 2017 in Napa County, California and Incident occurred November 18, 2016 in Concord, Contra Costa County, California

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA301 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 30, 2017 in Napa, CA
Aircraft: ZWICKER MURRAY R GLASTAR, registration: N89SR
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 float-equipped airplane reported that, after the owner had completed multiple touch-and-go water landings, he elected to take the flight controls and perform a few water landings himself. He added that his first touch-and-go water landing "went very well." However, during the second touch-and-go water landing, the touchdown was smooth, but as he added power to "begin the climb away", the airplane veered right and nosed over into the water. He added that, the right float may have struck a submerged object during the landing.

The right wing lift strut sustained substantial damage.

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

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Safety Inspector who inspected the accident airplane postaccident, the forward first third section of the right float was bent upward and had "scratching and scoring" marks on the bottom side of the float. He added that he did not observe any rust or corrosion on either float.

A review of the FAA airman certification database revealed that neither pilot held an airplane single engine sea rating.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oakland

Aircraft landed with the wheels retracted. 

Date: 18-NOV-16
Time: 18:22:00Z
Regis#: N89SR
Aircraft Model: GLASAIR
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Activity: Other
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: California

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