Friday, July 28, 2017

Kitfox Series 7, N302DM: Accident occurred July 27, 2017 in Priest River, Bonner County, Idaho

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane, Washington

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA444
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, July 27, 2017 in Priest River, ID
Aircraft: MCINTOSH DONALD W KITFOX SERIES 7, registration: N302DM
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 float-equipped airplane reported that, during a water landing, "immediately upon touchdown, the tail came up to the right and the plane veered left." He added that he applied "hard left aileron," but the right wing tip impacted the water and the airplane spun to a stop.

The fuselage and both wings sustained substantial damage. 

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

An automated weather observation station, about the time of the accident, 14 nautical miles northeast from the accident site, reported wind from 170° at 6 knots. The pilot reported the wind was variable at 5 knots, gusting to 11 knots. He added that the landing direction was to the southeast.

THAMA ­— No injuries were reported after a float plane made a hard landing on the Pend Oreille River and began sinking west of Lacldede on Thursday.

The aircraft began taking on water on after one of the plane’s floats was damaged in the landing, according to Bonner County sheriff’s officials.

A wakeboarding boat reportedly rescued to the pilot and a passenger.

“They not only did need treatment, but they refused treatment,” Lakewold said.

The incident occurred at approximately 11 a.m. Lakewold said the pilot faced difficult landing conditions due to the wind.

Efforts to tow the stricken plane to the shoreline were hampered when the airplane’s wing caught on the bed of the river. The plane was ultimately lashed to the shoreline with a minimal release of fuel. West Pend Oreille Fire District personnel placed a containment boom to corral the fuel.

“A rough estimate would be a couple of gallons, if that,” said Lakewold.

Lakewold said the rough landing displaced one of the planes floats, but did not rip it off of the aircraft.

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