Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Quest Kodiak 100, N856TC: Incident occurred July 28, 2020 in Hunts Point, King County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington
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NTSB Identification: WPR20CA243
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 28, 2020 in Hunts Point, WA
Aircraft: Quest KODIAK 100, registration: N856TC

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft landing on Lake Washington and flipped over.

Date: 28-JUL-20
Time: 15:06:00Z
Regis#: N856TC
Aircraft Model: KODIAK 100
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

KIRKLAND, Washington — A pilot survived a floatplane crash into Lake Washington near Carillon Point in Kirkland Tuesday morning.

It happened at 7:45 a.m. about a half-mile to a mile off shore. No one else was onboard.

According to Kirkland fire, the seaplane was trying to land on the water when it crashed and capsized. Witness video shows people crowding around the marina to see what happened.

“A floatplane came in for a normal landing north to south before somersaulting and ending up upside down in the lake,” Kirkland fire Deputy Chief Tim Day said.

Day said private boats made their way to the crash scene to save the pilot, who escaped the plane.

“I’m sure it was very harrowing for a couple of minutes. (He) was picked up by boaters who were in the area, which is just fantastic that people are so willing to help,” Day said.

Pictures from Seattle police Harbor Patrol show the wheels still deployed on the seaplane, which could have contributed to the crash.

“I saw the wheels were up on the pontoons looking through binoculars. I think that will be part of the investigation,” said Day.

The plane is registered to CLY Aviation based out of Bellevue. Kirkland fire said as far as they know, the plane is based on the lake and privately owned.



  1. The number of times this kind of thing happens,do people use check lists these days ?

  2. This is the fourth or fifth wheels down water landing and flipover for a float plane this year on KR. There is clearly a pattern of float plane pilots not staying stringent to a checklist for water vs. land based landings.

  3. No question that the gear down water crashes represent pilots who don't have good checklist discipline.

    It's worse for amphibs because alternating between water and land based operation means you do different steps and checks instead of always the same steps and checks. Any lapse from good checklist practice will eventually show up as either grinding floats along pavement or a flip.

  4. This is why insurance is so damn high on amphibs.