Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Aero Adventure Aventura II, N86KD: Incident occurred July 16, 2020 in Volusia County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aircraft was conducting touch-and-go landings on Lake Dexter and attempted to land with the gear extended.

Date: 16-JUL-20

Time: 14:50:00Z
Regis#: N86KD
Aircraft Model: SEAPLANE
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Two men escaped serious injury when their experimental aircraft crashed into Lake Dexter in Astor on Thursday morning, authorities said.

The plane crash was reported just before 11 a.m. and reports indicated the airplane was leaking fuel in the water, Volusia County dispatchers said.

No hazards were found at the crash site as the plane had about 6 gallons of fuel and was submerged in about 5 feet of water, said Volusia County sheriff’s spokeswoman Laura Williams.

The pilot of the seaplane, Larry Morton, 52, and a passenger, Alan Chott Kendrick, 60, were rescued by a boater who came upon the crash and transported the men to a nearby fish camp, Williams said.

The boater, who called 9-1-1, found the men sitting on top of their overturned plane, Williams said.

Authorities also said that Lake County emergency workers who arrived on scene first reported one person had a broken nose.

“Apparently minor injuries to the pilot,” Williams said.

A Volusia County sheriff’s helicopter flew in search of the crashed airplane and reported the airplane was located in Lake Dexter. The helicopter team reported that the aircraft appeared to have a fuselage torn in half.

The pair were practicing landings and takeoffs on the Volusia side of Lake Dexter, which separates Lake and Volusia counties, when the plane crashed. The men went by private vehicle to Advent Health Care DeLand where their injuries were being evaluated, Williams said.

Officers from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission were assisting investigators at the scene while waiting for investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to come to the crash site, Williams said.

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