Saturday, August 22, 2020

Cessna U206G Stationair, N288ZK: Incident occurred August 22, 2020 at Miami Seaplane Base (X44), Miami-Dade County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft flipped over while taxiing on the water.

Date: 22-AUG-20
Time: 17:33:00Z
Regis#: N288ZK
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 206
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91

A float-equipped airplane ended up upside down in the water near Dodge Island early Saturday afternoon.

Around 1:30 p.m., authorities got a call of a float-equipped plane upside down in the water, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said. Two people and a dog were in the plane when it flipped and were able to get out on their own.

Fire rescue said no one was injured in the accident. The plane was taxiing during the incident.

MIAMI (CBS Miami) – A float-equipped airplane overturned in the waters of Biscayne Bay on Saturday afternoon.

It happened near Government Cut at around 1:30 p.m., according to Miami Fire Rescue.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Cessna U206G Stationair flipped over while taxiing on the water at the Miami Seaplane Base at the Port of Miami.

The pilot, who was not immediately identified, was uninjured and no one else reported injuries or had to be transported.

An image provided by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue showed what appeared to be the pilot awaiting rescue on top of the overturned aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the incident.

Rescue crews responded to a overturned Cessna U206G Stationair at the Port of Miami Saturday afternoon.

According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, a float-equipped airplane flipped while taxiing at Miami Seaplane Base, 1470 Port Boulevard. They say two adults and a dog were rescued from the aircraft. No injuries were reported.

Authorities did not provide information on what caused the crash as the investigation is still ongoing.


  1. Well the gear is up for once in a flipped amphibian report. They say he was taxiing which leads one to believe he was not in a takeoff or landing phase. I wonder how fast like being on step and if he caught a rogue boat wake. I can't imagine a large wave nosing this thing over while idle taxiing.

  2. According to the video recorded from a camera facing the area, the plane seem to land fast or on a wave. The plane did bounce upon touching the water and completed complete touch down like 100 feet after initial. Then something strange happen where the plane seems to be doing a turn towards the wrong side, towards the port of Miami rather than towards Watson Island. Did a circle and then started heading towards Watson Island. At that point, looks like half way the plane stops and goes upside down. There was heavy boat activity all around but no boats were too close to the plane upon landing.

    1. Great video, but your t=649s time tag starts the playback too late. The forward flip happens at 5:32 time hack.

      Looks like he buried the float tips going downhill in the "following sea" while crossing the port side wake of the boat that had passed just before. Rookie mistake that boaters make all the time.
      (see second link for boating example)


  3. Looks like water rudders were down and attempted turn back into wind may have been under power, combine that with the boat wake... as the rear of the floats lift the wind then assisted the nose to dig in. Wind direction shown by direction of landing. Not crossing the boat wake and (which then caught up with the AC during the turn) and lifting the water rudders to allow the AC to turn into wind would have been a better choice. A wee bit A harsh exposed location to operate anyway.