Wednesday, May 29, 2019

de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Mk I, N501J: Accident occurred May 28, 2019 in San Luis Reservoir, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fresno, California

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NTSB Identification: GAA19CA108
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 28, 2019 in Hollister, CA
Aircraft: De Havilland DHC 2, registration: N501J

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.

Flipped during landing.

Date: 28-MAY-19
Time: 22:30:00Z
Regis#: N501J
Aircraft Make: DEHAVILLAND
Aircraft Model: DHC 2
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

A pilot is lucky to be alive after a landing went terribly wrong in Los Banos.

A de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Mk I ended upside down in San Luis Reservoir around 3:30 on Tuesday afternoon. The FAA says the plane flipped over while landing.

"It essentially looked like two capsized kayaks with wheels sticking up," said Gerald Heberling of California State Parks. 

Unable to see the plane, other than the bottom of the pontoons, Heberling says the pilot escaped and showed up at headquarters saying he flipped his plane in the lake. 

He was not hurt.

"I heard the pilot when he flipped over, he had a foot or two of air remaining in the plane so he was able to catch a breath and get out of the plane somehow," Heberling added.

The plane was eventually towed to land. It lost a wing, some of it is covered in dirt, and the windshield is shattered. 

On Wednesday, the pilot declined to talk to us but we're told the plane is a loss.

According to Federal Aviation Administration records, the plane is registered in California's Santa Clara County.

While this plane is designed to land in the water, State Parks says this landing was illegal.

"It has not been an aquaport for over five years because we have invasive species that we do not want in here," Heberling explained.

Heberling says there are also high winds that make it dangerous for floatplanes.

We're told the pilot was ticketed, and he could face charges.

Meantime, the plane is propped in the parking lot of the Basalt Boat Launch area where it's drawing attention. 

"It's a mess," said boater, Melvin Souza. "We came in this morning at 6 and we saw it here and thought what the heck happened."

State Parks says it expects the plane to be removed by Friday.

"This is a rare sight. We're very fortunate that the pilot was not injured and no one was hurt in this," Heberling concluded.

Original article ➤

FRESNO, California (KFSN) -- A de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Mk I caused some confusion when it landed in the San Luis Reservoir near Los Banos Tuesday afternoon.

California State Parks officials say the reservoir was not the intended landing place for the privately owned plane. Authorities learned the pilot landed there by mistake and it was not an emergency landing.

The de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Mk I experienced a gear down landing, the floatplane came to rest inverted in the water, park officials said. The pilot was not injured.

Officials with the Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to the scene, and are responsible for removing the plane from the reservoir. California State Parks says the aircraft has not caused a hazard to the water.

The incident is under investigation by the California State Parks. They will determine whether charges will be filed.

Crews are waiting for clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration to move the plane. Another pilot has been brought in, and with the help of officials, will attempt to flip the aircraft right side up to fly it out.

Original article can be found here ➤

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