Monday, January 27, 2020

Zenair Zenith STOL CH750, N617E: Accident occurred January 24, 2020 in Lake Havasu, Mohave County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aircraft landed on the water and left float was taking on water.

Paul Wallner LLC

Date: 25-JAN-20
Time: 00:30:00Z
Regis#: N617E
Aircraft Make: ZENITH
Aircraft Model: STOL CH750
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Arizona — Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said they received a call from an aircraft in the water in Lake Havasu, Friday.

The call was received around 5:45 p.m. reporting the aircraft was between a mile to a mile and a half north of the Colorado River mouth, in the Refuge area, MCSO said.

The Division of Boat Safety, Search and Rescue team and Patrol division responded to the call.

MCSO said the aircraft occupants were hanging onto the plane as the plane was submerging into the water.

No one was injured and the two individuals were taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

MCSO said in a press release that it was a amphibious floatplane and it had not crashed, but attempted to land on the Colorado River.

“While on the water, the plane started to take on water in its float, causing it to submerge underwater,” MCSO said.

The aircraft was recovered from the Colorado River, according to MCSO.

Original article can be found here ➤

At least two passengers in an airplane that went down over Lake Havasu were ferried to safety Friday evening by emergency first responders.

Well after sundown, Lake Havasu City paramedics waited at the northern docks of Lake Havasu State Park.

In almost complete darkness, they used headlights, strobes and flashlights to guide a rescue watercraft ashore.

At about 5:45 p.m., Havasu fire officials received reports of an aircraft

that landed, for reasons yet unknown, on the northern end of Lake Havasu.

According to Fire Battalion Chief Mike Quijada, the pilot of the plane radioed for assistance, and gave his location to emergency dispatchers.

According to Quijada, however, the fire department’s watercraft was unavailable at the time.

Fire officials received assistance from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office in locating the plane and its passengers before it was too late.

A Mohave County watercraft collected two paramedics at Contact Point and traveled to the site of the crash. According to initial reports, two passengers were unharmed.

Information has not yet been made available as to the identities of the aircraft occupants, or the cause of the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

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