Friday, July 28, 2017

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane, Washington

http://registry.faa.gov/N302DM

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

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft on floats, ground looped and began to sink to the Pend Oreille River, Priest River, Idaho

Date: 27-JUL-17
Time: 17:55:00Z
Regis#: N302DM
Aircraft Make: KITFOX
Aircraft Model: KITFOX 7
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: PRIEST RIVER
State: IDAHO







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.

http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com

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