Tuesday, June 01, 2021

deHavilland DHC-2 Mk. I, N218RD: Accident occurred May 22, 2021in Oak Island, Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota

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; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sunset Flying Service LLC

Location: Oak Island, MN
Accident Number: CEN21LA244
Date & Time: May 22, 2021, 18:30 Local
Registration: N218RD
Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal
On May 22, 2021, about 1830 central daylight time, a de Havilland DHC-2, N218RD, sustained minor damage when it was involved in an accident near Oak Island, Minnesota. The pilot and one passenger were not injured, and one passenger sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.
According to local authorities who spoke with the pilot after the accident, prior to the flight, the pilot added hydraulic fluid to the reservoir due to a known leak in the amphibious float landing gear system. At some point during the flight, the left rear wheel extended and was protruding from the float. The pilot was unaware of the wheel position and attempted to land on the water near his residence. During the water landing, the wheel contacted the water, and the airplane’s nose immediately went into the water. The pilot and passengers exited the airplane, and the airplane subsequently flipped over.

The airplane was recovered to the shoreline, and the pilot noted the inside of the left float near the rear wheel was covered in hydraulic fluid. The pilot stated that an o-ring in the landing gear cylinder had failed.
Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information
Aircraft Make: DEHAVILLAND
Registration: N218RD
Model/Series: DHC-2 MK.I 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
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:
Observation Time: 18:30 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Warroad, MN (RRT)
Destination: Oak Island, MN
Wreckage and Impact Information
Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Unknown
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 49.314838,-94.857267 (est)

Airplane inverted in the water.

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