Friday, September 15, 2017

Airmax SeaMax M-22, N885PR, operated by Waterbird Holdings LLC: Accident occurred September 15, 2017 in Candlewood Lake near New Fairfield, Connecticut

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Enfield, Connecticut

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Waterbird Holdings LLC:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA337
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 15, 2017 in New Fairfield, CT
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 15, 2017, about 1543 eastern daylight time, an Airmax Construccoes Aeronautica Seamax-M22, N885PR, was substantially damaged after a water landing in Candlewood Lake near New Fairfield, Connecticut. The private pilot and passenger were uninjured. The airplane was operated by Waterbird Holding, LLC as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Francis S Gabreski Airport (FOK), Westhampton Beach, New York. The flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

During a normal water landing at the intended destination, the airplane took on water and sunk into the lake. Upon retrieval of the airplane, a 9-inch gouge was discovered on the underside of the forward fuselage, below the water line. A Federal Aviation Administration inspector confirmed the substantial damage, and noted that pine tree debris were embedded in the aft portion of the damaged area. The pilot stated that he did not feel any impact during the landing.

SHERMAN, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut State Police are assisting officials from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection after a plane made what they described as a “rough landing” on Candlewood Lake Friday afternoon.

According to DEEP officials, the plane landed on Candlewood Lake on the town line between Sherman and New Fairfield just after 4:00 p.m. Upon landing, the plane began taking on water.

State Police tweeted images of the plane submerged in the water . No injuries were reported.

DEEP officials said that everyone on board the plane was able to escape with the help of a good Samaritan in a nearby boat. DEEP is checking the water for possible environmental contamination from fuel leaking into the water.

It is unclear what may have caused the plane to make the rough landing. Police are conducting their investigation.

If you witnessed this plane landing on the lake, or if you have any information that could help Troopers in their investigation, you’re asked to call State Police Troop A at 203-267-2200.

Original article can be found here ➤

A seaplane made a "rough" landing Friday afternoon on Candlewood Lake, according to Connecticut State Police.

State Police troopers and Connecticut Department of Energy & Environment Protection crews are on the scene in Sherman.

The plane landed on the lake near the Sherman/New Fairfield line shortly before 4 p.m. and then began taking on water, according to a DEEP spokesperson.

The plane's occupants were able to get off the plane with the help of a good Samaritan's boat.

No injuries were reported.

DEEP's Emergency Response Team is arriving at the site of the landing to assist with any environmental concerns, including the possibility of fuel getting into the water.

Original article can be found here ➤

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