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Progressive Aerodyne Searey, N801SR: Accident occurred August 23, 2016 at Sebring Regional Airport (KSEF), Highlands County, Florida

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

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
  
Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N801SR


Location: Sebring, FL
Accident Number: ERA16LA299
Date & Time: 08/23/2016, 1500 EDT
Registration: N801SR
Aircraft: PROGRESSIVE AERODYNE INC SEAREY
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (total)
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On August 23, 2016, about 1500 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Searey, N801SR, was substantially damaged during a forced landing, following a total loss of engine power during initial climb from Sebring Regional Airport (SEF), Sebring, Florida. The flight instructor and student pilot sustained serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local instructional flight. The airplane was registered to and operated by the student pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the flight instructor, he and the student pilot flew the airplane earlier during the day from Bartow, Florida to Sebring. The airplane was to remain in Sebring for the duration of the instructional lessons. After lunch and a brief overview of the lesson to follow, the flight instructor and student pilot performed another preflight inspection of the airplane and taxied to the runway. Immediately after takeoff, approximately 200 feet above ground level, the engine started running rough and "sputtering." The flight instructor immediately decreased the angle of attack and the engine lost all power. The flight instructor then tried to land on the runway. The airplane landed "hard," slid into an embankment and became airborne briefly before coming to rest.

The two-seat, high-wing amphibious airplane, serial number 1MK283, was assembled from a kit in 2001. It was powered by a Rotax 914ULS, 115-horsepower engine, equipped with a three-blade INO propeller. Review of the maintenance records revealed that the most recent annual condition inspection was completed on March 3, 2016. At that time, the total airframe time was 1,058 hours, and the total time for the engine was 358 hours.

Examination of the wreckage revealed that the airplane had incurred damage to the fuselage and the left main landing gear had separated from the fuselage. The examination further revealed that the electric turbo control unit had been removed from the airplane. Instead, a manual lever installed the cockpit, operated by the pilot, moved the waste gate open and closed. The manifold air pressure gauge line was disconnected and capped off at the engine; however, the gauge was not marked "inoperative." The tachometer was also inoperative. A small amount of fuel was siphoned out of the main fuel tank and it was observed to be automotive fuel with no water present. There were numerous wires splices behind the instrument panel with different gauge wiring on each wire run. It was noted that the wrong size wire connectors were used on different instruments with the blade type connectors. One ground wire was found off the back of the starter key switch, which was the ground for the master arm solenoid. With this wire off the switch, power from the battery was disconnected from the electrical system.

The airplane was secured to a trailer and the engine was started. A magneto check was performed on the engine and both magnetos operated normally. The ground wire was then removed from the back of the starter switch to test the rectifier system on the engine. The engine continued to run without the battery connected to the system as per the manual. The voltage was checked on the output of the rectifier and it was measured to be 12.3 volts. Without the battery connected, the fuel boost pumps, landing gear motor, and the strobe lights would all be placing a load on the rectifier. The normal rectifier output was 13.5 + .2 volts. The engine was shut down with normal procedures.

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Flight Engineer
Age: 78, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Multi-engine Sea; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider; Helicopter
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/16/2015
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 34000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 95 hours (Total, this make and model)

Student Pilot Information

Certificate:
Age:, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  0 hours (Total, all aircraft), 0 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PROGRESSIVE AERODYNE INC
Registration: N801SR
Model/Series: SEAREY NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2001
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 1MK283
Landing Gear Type: Amphibian
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/03/2016, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1370 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1058 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 914ULS
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 115 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOBE, 33 ft msl
Observation Time: 1500 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 29 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 114°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 5000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C / 23°C
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 20°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Sebring, FL (SEF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Sebring, FL (SEF)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1500 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Sebring Regional Airport (SEF)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 62 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 19
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5234 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 27.462222, -81.344167

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA299
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 23, 2016 in Sebring, FL
Aircraft: PROGRESSIVE AERODYNE INC SEAREY, registration: N801SR
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor.

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 August 23, 2016 about 1500 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Searey, N801SR, was substantially damaged during a forced landing while attempting to depart from Sebring Regional Airport (SEF), Sebring, Florida. The flight instructor incurred minor injuries and the student pilot was seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local instructional flight. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the flight instructor, he and the student pilot flew the airplane earlier in the day from Bartow, Florida to Sebring. The airplane was to remain in Sebring for the duration of the instructional lessons. After lunch and a brief overview of the lesson to follow, the instructor and student performed another preflight inspection of the airplane and taxied to the runway. Immediately after takeoff, approximately 200 feet above ground level, the engine starting running rough and "sputtering." The flight instructor immediately decreased the angle of attack and the engine lost all power. The flight instructor then tried to land on the runway. The airplane landed "hard" slid into an embankment, and became airborne briefly before coming to rest.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that it airplane had incurred damage to the fuselage and the left main landing gear had separated from the fuselage.

The airplane, which was equipped with a Rotax 914ULS, 115 horsepower engine was retained for further examination.

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