Monday, January 25, 2021

Aviat A-1B Husky, N480F: Accident occurred January 23, 2021 near Lake Norman Airpark (14A) Mooresville, Iredell County, North Carolina

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charlotte, North Carolina 


Location: Terrell, NC
Accident Number: ERA21LA114
Date & Time: January 23, 2021, 14:30 Local 
Registration: N480F
Aircraft: Aviat A1 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Aviat 
Registration: N480F
Model/Series: A1 B 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: SVH,965 ft msl
Observation Time: 15:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C /-15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 320°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.18 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 35.6238,-80.9305 (est)

MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (WBTV) - A small plane crashed on Lake Norman Saturday afternoon, according to North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office says one person was aboard the single-engine plane and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The crash happened near Point of View Drive near Mooresville, about three miles northwest of Lake Norman Airpark.

Emergency crews are responding to the scene.

No other information was provided.

IREDELL COUNTY, North Carolina  — A person was hurt after a small plane crashed into Lake Norman Saturday afternoon, officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Aviat A-1B Husky crashed three miles northwest of Lake Norman Airpark near Davidson.

The pilot was the only person on board and taken to a local hospital for their injuries, according to officials. Their condition has not been released.

A Channel 9 crew at the scene could see the plane overturned. 

The FAA is investigating the crash.


  1. Tough day at the lake. Investigation will notice the extended gear visible in photo. Maybe there will someday be an option to set "amphibian mode" in glass cockpits or ipad flight displays such that a water landing retract gear verification warning is issued before touching the lake, based on mapping.

    Passengers on amphibs with retractable gear should be aware of the flip and drowning risk if checklist is not strictly followed for water landings.

  2. Ah yes. Winter weather has reduced the KR reports of gear down float plane water landing flips. Well I guess we are headed to springs again lol. It never ceases to amaze me how often this happens. One would think one would use a checklist on an amphib that operates between land and water for operations. The interesting thing is that you rarely see a report of a gear up amphib landing on land. It is almost always gear down on water landing accident. Hmmmmm....wonder why that is.