Saturday, January 18, 2020

Landing Gear Not Configured: Aero Adventure Aventura II, N366RC; accident occurred January 14, 2020 in East Palatka, Putnam County, Florida

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


https://registry.faa.gov/N366RC


Location: East Palatka, FL
Accident Number: ERA20CA081
Date & Time: 01/14/2020, 1826 EST
Registration: N366RC
Aircraft: Pereyra AVENTURA
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear not configured
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

According to the pilot of the experimental, amateur-built amphibious airplane, he took off from the river behind his home, and proceeded to a local airport where he lowered the landing gear and performed three touch-and-go landings. The pilot said he was preoccupied during the return flight for a water landing and "forgot" to retract the landing gear for the pontoon-hull landing. At touchdown, the airplane "flipped immediately" and came to rest inverted. The airplane's fuselage, forward of the landing gear was fractured. The pilot did not report any preaccident deficiencies with the performance and handling of the airplane.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age:65, Male 
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied:Left 
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/08/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  388 hours (Total, all aircraft), 40.4 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Pereyra
Registration: N366RC
Model/Series: AVENTURA II
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:2005 
Amateur Built:Yes 
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number:AA2A0125 
Landing Gear Type: Amphibian
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/26/2019, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1232 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 43 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 344.66 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series:912ULS 
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 100 hp
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: 28J, 48 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 2335 UTC
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4300 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 360°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point: 3°C / -9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: East Palatka, FL
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: East Palatka, FL
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  EST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 29.655278, -81.618333 (est)

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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