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Aero Adventure Aventura II, N366RC: Accident occurred January 14, 2020 near Palatka Municipal Airport (28J), Putnam County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aircraft crashed in the St. Johns River for unknown reasons.

https://registry.faa.gov/N366RC

Date: 14-JAN-20
Time: 21:49:00Z
Regis#: N366RC
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: AVENTURA II
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: EAST PALATKA
State: FLORIDA

New details have been released after a small plane crashed into the St. Johns River in East Palatka Tuesday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Around 4:48 p.m., the pilot of the plane was flying his Aero Adventure Aventura II, according to FHP. 

Troopers say the pilot failed to realize that the wheels on his plane were not retracted upon landing on water. 

According to the crash report, the plane broke apart upon landing and sunk into the river. 

A nearby neighbor saw him crash and went out in a boat to pick him up. 

The pilot only sustained minor injuries, the report states.

The FAA and the Coast Guard were contacted about the incident and the plane's location.

Story and video: https://www.firstcoastnews.com

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