Saturday, July 8, 2017

Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey LSA, N796SR, K & R Aviation LLC: Accident occurred July 08, 2017 in Lake Ashby, Florida

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

K & R Aviation LLC:

NTSB Identification: ERA17CA236
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 08, 2017 in Lake Ashby, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/03/2017
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor.

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 special light sport, amphibious airplane stated that he had planned a local personal sightseeing flight, which included departing from an airport, landing on a lake about 20 miles away, then returning to the departure airport. During the approach to landing on the lake, the pilot left the landing gear in the extended position, which was the wrong position for a water landing. Once the airplane touched down on water, it decelerated quickly, nosed over, and then came to rest inverted. The pilot added that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. When the airplane was recovered from the lake, damage was observed on both wings and the fuselage. The landing gear were observed in the extended position, and the landing gear selector was also in the landing gear extended position.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's incorrect configuration of the landing gear for a water landing in an amphibious airplane, which resulted in a nose-over.

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. —  The Volusia County Sheriff's Office has released the names of the couple whose plane overturned in Lake Ashby Saturday. They are Christopher Chris, 58, and Vivienne Carlson, 67.

The two were in a Searey single-engine aircraft when it landed in the lake around 11:30 a.m. Saturday, in the rural area between Deltona and New Smyrna Beach.

Fortunately for the Carlsons, a boater saw the crash and rushed to help. The fisherman, Dewie Thompson, helped the husband and wife onto his boat, and took them to shore as another boater sped to the scene and called 911.

Christopher Carlson shook his hand in gratitude, and that was all the thanks he needed, Thompson told WESH 2. He hopes the Carlsons will recover and wishes them the best, but declined an on-camera interview.

Medics rushed the couple to Central Florida Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Christopher was piloting the plane and did not secure the wheels before landing in Lake Ashby, according to an incident report.

Mr. and Mrs. Carlson suffered head and facial injuries. WESH 2 is working to find out their conditions.

Records show that the Carlsons have residences in Cincinnati, Ohio, and at the Spruce Creek Fly In.

Two people were rescued when their amphibious airplane crashed into a lake near New Smyrna Beach on Saturday morning, Volusia sheriff’s officials said.

The aircraft crashed into Lake Ashby in the vicinity of 4150 Boy Scout Camp Road around 11:25 a.m. injuring two people on board, according to sheriff’s spokesman Andrew Gant.

The injured were identified as a husband and wife, Chris Carlson, 58, and Vivienne Carlson, 67, Gant said.

According to emergency workers responding to the scene, the Port Orange couple were pulled out of the water by a boater and were brought to a boat ramp.

A boater told a 911 dispatcher that he saw the plane come in for a landing on the lake and then flip over. The two patients ended up hanging onto the side of his boat.

“Give me your hand, give me your hand,” the boater could be heard saying while on the phone with 911, as he and others worked to pull the crash victims onto the boat, Gant said.

The boat transported Chris and Vivienne Carlson to land.

When the boat reached land, the victims met first responders and were transported to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford for treatment of facial and head injuries.

The plane is a SeaRey amphibious aircraft.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, Gant said.

A boater rescued a married couple Saturday after their airplane crashed on Lake Ashby in Volusia County.

The incident happened about 11:25 a.m. after the couple tried landing their SeaRey amphibious aircraft on the lake, just off State Route 415 and east of Deltona, said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Andrew Gant.

A boater on the lake saw the crash and headed over to help as he called authorities.

“An airplane was coming in for landing and it flipped over,” he told a 911 dispatcher.

The couple, Chris Carlson, 58, and Vivienne Carlson, 67, grabbed on to the side of the man’s boat.

He and another person on board the vessel tried pulling them into the boat.

“Give me your hand, give me your hand,” he told the Carlsons, while still on the phone with a dispatcher. “...We got the two people but they need an ambulance.”

He took the couple to shore as a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office helicopter hovered overhead. Footage from the helicopter shows the boaters heading to shore and the plane belly up in the lake.

The couple had head and facial injuries and were taken to an area hospital for treatment, Gant said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

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