Friday, August 23, 2019

Cessna A185F Skywagon, N1920Q: Accident occurred August 22, 2019 in Rangeley, Franklin County, Maine

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland

Acadian Seaplanes

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA513
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, August 22, 2019 in Rangeley Lake, ME
Aircraft: Cessna A185, registration: N1920Q

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.

Aircraft crashed into a lake on takeoff. 

Date: 22-AUG-19
Time: 19:39:00Z
Regis#: N1920Q
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: A185
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
State: MAINE

RANGELEY — Two men reportedly escaped with minor injuries Thursday afternoon after their floatplane went down on Rangeley Lake near Russell Cove.

Two men received minor injuries when a floatplane crashed on Rangeley Lake on Thursday afternoon. Photo courtesy of Rangeley Rescue Capt. Tiger Sikes

Pilot David Taisey, 69, of Pownal and passenger Mike Koob, 53, of Oquossoc were flying to Bangor, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said.

Both men were treated at a local hospital and released.

An official from the Maine Warden Service said the plane went down about 3:30 p.m. at the northeast point of the lake.

Officials said it crashed during takeoff and landed upside down on the water. A video taken by a man boating on the lake shows the plane was only about 50 feet above the lake when it overturned and crashed.

“I couldn’t hear a thing,” witness Derek Hoyt told WGME. “I just noticed it had gone up into the air. From the distance I was at, it didn’t look like it went more than 30 feet in the air, and then it just plummeted downward and crashed.”

When fire crews first arrived, they found the men swimming back to shore, according to witnesses.

Among the rescuers who responded were Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies and crews from the Rangeley Fire and Rescue Department.

The Federal Aviation Administration was expected to be called to investigate the cause.

The plane was being towed 6 miles to Oquossoc, McCausland said, and is owned by Acadian Seaplanes of Rangeley.

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AIRCRAFT:   1977 CESSNA A185F N1920Q, s/n: 18503502 

Last 100 hour inspection on 07/24/19 at TT 2582                                                 

ENGINE:       TCM IO-520-D, s/n: 566463

Last 100 hour inspection on 07/24/19 at TT 2582; TSMOH 781.2                                                                                                                                

PROPELLER:    MTV-9-D, s/n: 150180

Last 100 hour inspection on 07/24/19 at TSN 781.2


Garmin GTX 345

Garmin GTR 225

Garmin GMA 340

Garmin GTN 650

Garmin G5 attitude

Garmin G5 HSI

Garmin GA 35

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT: Upon take-off the pilot indicated he thought the right float hit something in the water. The aircraft veered right after liftoff and flipped in the water. 


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