Saturday, July 8, 2017

Rainbow Skyreach BushCat, N253BC, Protocom Aviation: Accident occurred July 07, 2017 in Ahoskie, Hertford County, North Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina 

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA397
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, July 07, 2017 in Ahoskie, NC
Aircraft: RAINBOW SKY REACH (PTY) LTD BUSHCAT, registration: N253BC

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.

Floatplane flipped over on the Chowan River.

Date: 07-JUL-17
Time: 19:40:00Z
Regis#: N253BC
Aircraft Model: BUSHCAT
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)

HERTFORD COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — Two people were rescued Friday after a seaplane went down in the Chowan River.

First responders were called to the scene at 3:33 p.m. The Coast Guard was called to respond as well.

Hertford County Sheriff Dexter Hayes says two plane passengers were picked up by a boater. They were taken to an urgent care medical facility in Suffolk with non life-threatening injuries.

Sheriff Hayes says the plane is affiliated with Protocom Aviation, which is based in Chesapeake.

10 On Your Side spoke with Jonathon Guibas of Protocom Aviation over the phone, who says the plane is a Bush Cat and was already on the water when it flipped over. He told us that the two passengers had minor cuts and bruises and were at home resting.

Evan Newsome, who lives near the scene of the incident, says he’s thankful no one was seriously injured and was surprised to see the plane flipped over.

“I was just riding on the boat and then I saw the fire department and the EMT boats come by. I went up there and the two pontoons were sticking up like that out of the water. That’s all you could see,” he said.

Newsome says the passengers were not in the plane when he arrived. He wasn’t surprised to hear that a boater rescued them.

“People are all the time — fishing, going out wakeboarding and stuff. I’m not surprised someone found them.”

Newsome took photos of the plane because he knew it would get a lot of attention on the usually quiet river.

“I’m probably going to get asked millions of questions,” he said.

WINTON – The pilot and passenger of a small airplane that crashed Friday afternoon on the Chowan River have apparently escaped serious injury. 

Hertford County Sheriff Dexter Hayes told the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald that the mishap occurred on the river north of Winton, near the mouth of the Meherrin River, shortly before 4 p.m.

“The pilot and a passenger were picked up by a boater who was on the river near the crash site,” Hayes stated. 

They were apparently taken to shore at which time they were taken to an Urgent Care facility in Suffolk, Virginia.

HERTFORD Co., N.C. – Deputies are responding to a report that a small plane went down in the Chowan River Friday afternoon, according to Sheriff Dexter Hayes.

The plane is a river plane and it landed on the water during the crash.

Sheriff Hayes said they have reports that both plane passengers were picked up by a boater.

The passengers went to an Urgent Care and are ‘okay’ deputies said.

Authorities have contacted the company that is labeled on the plane and added paperwork said it was out of Chesapeake.

The company is getting a team together to get the plane out of the water.

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