Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Volmer VJ-22 Sportsman, N135PZ: Incident occurred August 06, 2019 in Silverdale, Kitsap County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

Aircraft crashed into the water under unknown circumstances.

Date: 07-AUG-19
Time: 00:41:00Z
Regis#: N135PZ
Aircraft Make: VOLMER
Aircraft Model: VJ22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

KITSAP PENINSULA, Washington  -- A plane crashed in the Dyes Inlet Tuesday evening, according to Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue first responders. The pilot was on board and walked away with minor injuries.

The pilot told KOMO News he was flying and approaching to land at Dyes Inlet but he said his landing gear was down and he had trouble raising the wheels before he landed. He said the plane flipped over when it touched the water.

A 27-foot motorboat was attached to the plane to try and keep it afloat and at least half a dozen good Samaritans responded to help, some using rope to try and pull the plane out of the water.

The plane was towed to Silverdale.

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KITSAP COUNTY, Washington -- There was an emergency rescue Tuesday after a small plane crashed in Kitsap County.

Video shows the plane going down and eventually crashing into the Dyes Inlet.

The pilot was the only person on board at the time of the crash. Rescuers say he has a minor facial injury but is otherwise fine.

It's unknown why the plane went down, but it is at least the third unexpected landing we've had in western Washington in the last two weeks.

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  1. Did he forget to retract the gear before attempting a water landing?

  2. Been happening a lot recently.

  3. ahhhh Wheels for wheels for water! Simple right?

  4. The pilot knew the wheels were down, but was unable to retract them.

  5. ???>BChamp if he knew the wheels were down and he couldn't raise them why didn't he go land at an airport? Doesn't add up. It's obvious that a wheels down landing in water will flip the plane...

    There's gotta be more to this story I think...