Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Cessna 208 Caravan, N366TA: Accident occurred April 23, 2019 in Key West, Florida -and- Incident occurred March 17, 2017 at Palm Beach County Glades Airport (KPHK), Pahokee, 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; Hollywood, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Key West, FL
Accident Number: ERA19LA156
Date & Time: 04/23/2019, 1200 EDT
Registration: N366TA
Aircraft: Cessna 208
Injuries: 5 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On April 23, 2019, about 1200 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 208 amphibious airplane, N366TA, was substantially damaged during takeoff from Dry Tortugas National Park, about 58 miles west of Key West, Florida. The airline transport pilot and four passengers were not injured. The flight was operated by a private corporation as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed near the accident site, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated at Key West International Airport (EYW), Key West, Florida about 1118, and was destined for Dry Tortugas National Park.

According to the pilot, he landed into an easterly wind, north of the island. After landing, he noticed that the wind was greater than forecast, and he was unable to taxi to the beaching location. He elected to return to EYW. He maneuvered the airplane into the wind and applied takeoff power. He described the takeoff run as "bumpy." As the airplane reached rotation speed, the left float departed the airplane. The airplane then nosed into the water. The pilot assisted the passengers out of the airplane and into a life raft. The airplane sank about 30 seconds later. A National Park Service vessel responded and assisted the pilot and passengers.

The wreckage came to rest in about 50 ft of water. Pending recovery, it will be retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N366TA
Model/Series: 208 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No 
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: KEYW, 21 ft msl
Observation Time:  EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 61 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 40°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Key West, FL (EYW)
Destination: Dry Tortugas, FL 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 4 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 5 None
Latitude, Longitude: 24.651389, -82.867222 (est)

HOURS estimated from logbooks or other information - not guaranteed or warranted

AIRCRAFT:   1996 CESSNA 208 N366TA, s/n: 20800249

Last Annual Inspection on 04/16/19 at Tach 7948.7, TTAF 9500.8, Landings 116728

ENGINE:  P&W PT6A-114A, s/n: PCE-PC1017

Last 100 hour engine inspection on 12/07/18 at TT 9471, TSO 2004, TSHS 846 at TTAF 9471, Hobbs 7919


Last 100 hour prop inspection on 12/07/18 at TTAF 9471                        

EQUIPMENT:    Submerged in salt water for several weeks before recovery. 

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  Pilot landed in choppy waters at Tortugas National Park, near Key West, Florida. Upon take-off, the pilot reported that the pontoon boot departed the aircraft. The aircraft was submerged in salt water for several weeks before weather permitted its recovery. 

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:   Substantial damage 

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:   Florida Air Recovery,  Jacksonville, FL

REMARKS:  *Logs may not be complete

*Wreckage was submerged in salt water for several weeks before recovery.

*Insurer reserves the right to reject any and all bids. 

*Salvage is as is/where is. 

*The posting information is the best to our knowledge. 

*An inspection of the salvage is recommended. 

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March 17, 2017: Aircraft landed on Runway 35 and the right main landing gear sheared off the float.

Date: 17-MAR-17
Time: 17:00:00Z
Regis#: N366TA
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 208
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

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