Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Progressive Aerodyne Searey, N108SR, Blue Skies & Calm Waters LLC: Accident occurred July 12, 2017 in Lago Vista, Texas

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Blue Skies & Calm Waters LLC:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA409
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in Spicewood, TX
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 an amphibious float-equipped airplane reported that he had failed to retract the landing gear before landing on water. The fuselage sustained substantial damage.

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

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As the Federal Aviation Administration continues to investigate what went wrong when a small sea plane crashed into Lake Travis Wednesday night, the man who towed the plane to shore says he may have found a clue.

Removing the plane from the water and disassembling it so it could be towed away was a long tedious process. It took Chris Riley and his team more than 10 hours.

Riley, the owner of Flagship Towing, said, “We have to make sure we don’t get in the cockpit, around the cockpit, damage any of the glass in the cockpit, or any of the crucial components of the plane.”

Riley mainly works with boats, but he does tow planes like this one from time to time. It’s an amphibious plane, meaning it can land on either ground or water.

“Only problem with this particular landing was the running gear was left down,” he said, referring to the plane wheels.

Riley says when this kind of plane hits a runway, they should be down for the landing, but when it hits the water the wheels shouldn’t be out.

“So pretty much it was a sudden stop to the plane just because the drag of the wheels caused the tip of the plane just to dip down in the water,” he continued.

It’s important to note that’s not an official answer as to why the plane flipped into the water. The FAA will have the final word once its investigation is finished.

The agency is also investigating after two people were killed in a plane crash in in Tyler, Texas Thursday morning. Investigators say the private twin-engine plane crashed in a field. It had just taken off from Tyler’s Pounds Regional Airport. Both people on board were killed in the crash.

8:35 p.m. update: The plane crash at Lake Travis near Pace Bend appears to have involved a single-engine aircraft with one male occupant, first responders said Wednesday evening. 

A Pedernales Fire Department boat has rescued the pilot, a man in his 40s who was the only occupant in the aircraft and reported no medical complaints, EMS said.

The plane, a small amphibious aircraft, appeared to be three-fourths of the way underwater when first responders arrived, EMS said. It seems to have flipped over while landing on the lake, said Lynn Lunsford, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The aircraft is being towed to shore for investigation, Lunsford said.

This is the second plane crash in Lake Travis this year.

Earlier: Austin-Travis County EMS are responding to Lake Travis near Pace Bend for a plane that reportedly crashed into the lake, EMS tweeted Wednesday.

Emergency responders received a call of an aircraft down at 8:06 p.m. from the 2000 block of North Pace Bend Road, near mile marker 32, officials said.

First responders have spotted the aircraft but have not made contact with any patients yet. A boat is approaching the plane, EMS said.

A STAR Flight helicopter is on the way to assist. Civilians in the area are also assisting, EMS said.

LAKE TRAVIS, Texas (KXAN) — A single-engine plane has crashed into Lake Travis Wednesday evening, according to Austin-Travis County EMS.

A pilot, described as a man in his 40s by EMS, is not reporting any injuries. He was the only person on board the plane.

Firefighters were called to 2011 N. Pace Bend Rd. at around 8 p.m. Lynn Lunsford, an FAA spokesperson, says the small amphibious plane flipped over while landing in the lake.

The pilot got out safely and the aircraft is being towed to shore.

On May 28, a small plane crashed in Lakeway. Like Wednesday’s crash, the pilot was the only one on board and he was not injured.

A little more than a year ago, a biplane crashing into Lake Travis was caught on camera. One passenger suffered minor injuries, but did not need to be taken to the hospital.

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