Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Seawind 3000, N8UU: July 03, 2021, July 02, 2021, June 27, 2021 and June 26, 2021

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; Grand Rapids, Michigan 
Location: Charlevoix, MI
Accident Number: CEN21LA321
Date & Time: July 3, 2021, 19:30 Local 
Registration: N8UU
Aircraft: SWANN LYNN J SEAWIND 3000 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: SWANN LYNN J 
Registration: N8UU
Model/Series: SEAWIND 3000 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Unknown
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 45.388545,-85.320435 (est)
 
Dennis Collier



Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska

July 02, 2021:  Aircraft landed hard and veered off runway at The O'Neill Municipal Airport (KONL),  Holt County, Nebraska.  

BoltAir Ltd


Date: 02-JUL-21
Time: 17:00:00Z
Regis#: N8UU
Aircraft Make: SEAWIND
Aircraft Model: 3000
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: O'NEILL
State: NEBRASKA

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

June 27, 2021:  Aircraft veered off runway due to electrical issue and lost use of landing lights at Four Corners Regional Airport (KFMN), San Juan County, New Mexico.

BoltAir Ltd


Date: 27-JUN-21
Time: 03:22:00Z
Regis#: N8UU
Aircraft Make: SEAWIND
Aircraft Model: 3000
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: FARMINGTON
State: NEW MEXICO

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California

June 26, 2021:  Aircraft  landed gear up at Brackett Field Airport (KPOC), La Verne, California.  

BoltAir Ltd


Date: 26-JUN-21
Time: 16:33:00Z
Regis#: N8UU
Aircraft Make: SEAWIND
Aircraft Model: 3000
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LA VERNE
State: CALIFORNIA 

63 comments:

  1. I feel sorry for this aircraft

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  2. Was it being flown with gear down because of recent damage?

    Final accident:
    https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N8UU/history/20210703/2322Z

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  3. This is ridiculous, 4 mishsps in eight days ! I've flown for 25 years and luckily never put a scratch on a plane.

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  4. This is a first to track an airplane across the USA by checking the accident reports. I really hope that guy doesn't get to fly that plane again and thank goodness nobody on the ground got hurt during his escapades.

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  5. Judging by the Coast Guard pictures, it looks like it was heading to the bottom of Lake Michigan. Looks to be around 200' deep there.

    https://www.facebook.com/USCGTraverseCity/photos/a.244048919095114/1991598394340149/?type=3&theater

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  6. Aircraft seemed to have flown well, the issues were all landing-related.

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    1. I am the airport mgr at KONL..I spent 3 days with this fellow..He landed gear up the day he bought it for 100 plus grand..in CA...Then ran off the runway in NM..wiping out landing lights and left flap..He repaired it..the we were his next stop..5 attempts to land..last one lost it on landing..creamed two runway lights..His story was..Airplane sat for 2 years..when he got to us he had already damaged the hull...I fed him..housed him..and gave him tools and parts..We got his CG corected for his pilot weight..He replaced the trim motor..ad the first was inop..hence the 4 attempts to land..He was way aft..outside the envelope..Luccky to be alive..lucky...His trip to test everything was not much better..his trim was reversed..wiped out right main and brake assembly..Feds talked to him..We advised him to truck the plane..he refused all efforts..Snuck out Saturday..did not pay his bill..made it all the way home..over the lake..his engine quit..He deadsticked it back to a nearby airport..broke the nosewheel.Fixed it again..added fuel..Now ran all the tanks dry..sucked all the fiberglass trash into the fuel system..Took off halfway across the lake..it quit again..Nosegear was locked down..hull was scraped and damaged..lanned dead stick in the lake..nose gear down..Fliped over..lucky to have gotten out..Airplane is at the bottom of Lake MI..Nice guy..bit of a temper..hellbent on gethomeitis...No insurance..lost it all because of god knows why...It was like watching 2 trains heading towards one another..nothing you could do..Even the FAA..after verifying his credentials and barely current currency.They.said to let..him go..Sad day indeed..

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    2. and one more time another black eye for G A ! what an A-H!

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    3. I would call him an idiot, but there are real idiots out there who don't deserve to be lumped in with this clown. Stupid moron like this deserves to lose $100K+ on this venture. I hope he paid cash for it, or the holder of the note holds him to it. That photo of him, well, it kinda says it all. Would you buy a used car from this man? No insurance? No problem!

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    4. Flew one of these Seawinds out of Clear Lake, Ca a few years back as part of a repositioning flight to Oregon. I found the airplane to be very fast and didn’t slow down as you’d expect when gear came down. I had to really plan the arrivals especially on water. Definitely not an airplane for a novice. Very pitch sensitive and changes in power greatly effected pitch at low speeds.
      I hate to see anybody lose an airplane, or suffer injuries. This fellow should have seen the signs that he was way behind the airplane from the start. I didn’t see a airplane sea endorsement, did I miss something? If no experience landing on water, he found out the hard way about lack of training.

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  7. Sales ad: https://www.barnstormers.com/ad_detail.php?id=862417&fbclid=IwAR2VvsTlqnn9RGId-0ebcoZnzx830hGRDOIGgkhOvUrIlaIDVhIdbOcLAhY

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    1. What a waste, plane didn't have 100 hours total time. Here is another ad, before price reduced:

      https://airplanehub.com/listing/airplane/184

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  8. An absolute dangerous idiot who should not go near an airplane. I saw the video of the gear up landing and It sounded like he tried taking off again. It’s assholes like this that make the good guys insurance go up

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  9. I think this might be our (now world famous airplane destroyer)

    DENNIS WESLEY COLLIER
    4355 CARLSON DR
    TRAVERSE CITY MI 49684-8673
    County: GRAND TRAVERSE
    Country: USA
    Medical Information:
    Medical Class: Third Medical Date: 5/2021
    BasicMed Course Date: None BasicMed CMEC Date: None
    Certificates
    PRIVATE PILOT

    REPAIRMAN EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT BUILDER
    Certificates Description
    Certificate: PRIVATE PILOT
    Date of Issue: 7/19/2012

    Ratings:
    PRIVATE PILOT
    AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND


    Limits:
    ENGLISH PROFICIENT.

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  10. Wow, thanks for sharing. Well I guess he got his new plane ‘almost’ all the way home to Michigan. Haste makes waste.

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  11. Turned around to ditch about 50 miles north of Traverse City. Flying all the way from Cali, wrecking and patching, but missed making it home by just that little bit.

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  12. Sounds like he was an accident waiting to happen. Fortunately not fatal

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    1. Until the next time this moron climbs into an airplane. Then who knows what he'll hit. Maybe he should move to Newark, Oregon and run for mayor. I hear there may be an opening soon.

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    2. Going into the hangar with a mirror he was taking back to Michigan he inadvertently walked under a ladder and dropped the mirror trying to avoid a black cat who was crossing his path. Give the guy a break!

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  13. If he hadn't had the first engine failure and landed at ISQ, he probably would have flown right into the presidential TFR.

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    1. The United States Coast Guard is a federal law enforcement agency and a military force, and therefore is a faithful protector of the United States in peacetime and war. God Bless America

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    2. All I've got to say is that picture of him in the lounge chair speaks volumes about his attitude. It's like who me? They will never catch me. Rules, they are for everyone else. I can crash an airplane 4 times on a cross country and just be happy-go-lucky and spend your taxpayer dollars to rescue me. Who cares

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    3. And who pays for that? We do! For this Idiot.

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    4. Just another regular duty day. No sailor wants to sit around tied to the dock. Except for fuel cost, no added expense to go pick him up vs. a no-call day.

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    5. yet again the same "Rules are not for me" diatribe is posted, regardless of the situation. Have you taken a look at how great 'general aviation' is in all of those totalitarian countries you obviously envy? People have freedom in the USA, and that rubs you the wrong way doesn't it?

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    6. Guy is an idiot, but rescue costs shouldn't be a concern. If not rescuing him, they'd be spending the money training. Coast Guard is awesome. I know a few of those guys at the Charlevoix station and Traverse City helo station. All badasses to the core, and happy to scoop up anyone in an emergency even if they are morons.

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  15. Ironic, his picture is how I imagined him.

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  16. Serious question - how do we keep guys like this from flying?

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    1. Doesn't appear in this case that any justification existed to block a certificated pilot/mechanic from operating and patching up a registered experimental category aircraft.

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    2. NTSB investigates, reports after months, advices yet in the end it is the federal FAA with the enfocement powers and local and state law enforcement appear to act only in a supportive role.

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    3. We hope he's out of money and takes up whittling as his new hobby.

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    4. Request his medical records and pray to the deity of your choice that he has some remote history of ADHD/Depression.

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    5. Umm no- what we don’t need is the FAA to get even more overly bent out of shape for depression and ADHD than they already are. They should be able to yank this guys ticket based on these four incidents alone.

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  17. 4 accidents in 8 days. That's got to be a record. Congrats to the pilot. Now please stop flying before you kill yourself or someone else.

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  18. Ted Striker was a better pilot than this guy. And Ted had a drinking problem.

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    1. Roger , roger. What's our vector victor?

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  19. Alright who gave Homer Simpson a license? Doh!

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    1. Nay Homer. Peter Griffin! He crashed his Petercopter. Or was it Hindenpeter?

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  20. turned away from the Pearly Gates for a third time !

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  21. Doesn't somebody need to pay for the cleanup in the waters? Oil, fuel. Maybe the owner still has an invoice coming.

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    1. Interesting question. Non-destructive ditching didn't breach engine case and was unlikely to pop off fuel filler cap. Fuel tank vent port is only way for fuel to be released. Probably minimal to no sheen as it sank.

      Web search for regulations or cases of fines for submerged aircraft polluting lakes doesn't seem to return any results. Just another artifact deep in the lake.

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    2. Very likely he'll be getting at least one bill. No idea if any cleanup was done in this case (sometimes oil can stay contained indefinitely and sometimes it escapes and can't be cleaned up) but Coast Guard works with EPA and EGLE (state EPA) to determine that. If EGLE determines it's a risk for continued or future leaking, they can order the aircraft removed from the bottomlands. Usually doesn't happen except in shallow water where they're a hazard to navigation. There are several planes on the bottom, many boats, even a couple cars I know of surprisingly far from shore.

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    3. He probably ran everything bone dry and there's nothing to clean up

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    4. He probably ran everything bone dry and there's nothing to clean up

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    5. Well, we know for sure his tank was empty on common sense and good judgement!

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  22. Someone tell me that this brain-dead potato can't fly anymore.

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  23. KONL mgr: Send bill here:
    https://opencorporates.com/companies/us_mi/800621582

    STAWEST INC.

    Company Number
    800621582
    Previous Company Numbers

    50726C

    Incorporation Date
    3 July 2003 (about 18 years ago)
    Company Type
    DOMESTIC PROFIT CORPORATION
    Jurisdiction
    Michigan (US)
    Registered Address

    4355 CARLSON DR TRAVERSE CITY MI 49684
    United States

    Alternative Names

    FANTASTIC SAMS #03007 (trading name, 2003-07-03 - 2013-12-31)
    LOVE HAIR (trading name, 2013-05-09 - 2018-12-31)

    Agent Name
    DENNIS COLLIER
    Agent Address
    4355 CARLSON DR, TRAVERSE CITY, MI, 49684
    Directors / Officers

    BUTCH, director
    DENNIS COLLIER, agent
    DENNIS COLLIER, president
    DENNIS COLLIER, treasurer
    DENNIS COLLIER, secretary

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  24. Send bill here:
    STAWEST INC.

    Company Number
    800621582
    Previous Company Numbers

    50726C

    Incorporation Date
    3 July 2003 (about 18 years ago)
    Company Type
    DOMESTIC PROFIT CORPORATION
    Jurisdiction
    Michigan (US)
    Registered Address

    4355 CARLSON DR TRAVERSE CITY MI 49684
    United States

    Alternative Names

    FANTASTIC SAMS #03007 (trading name, 2003-07-03 - 2013-12-31)
    LOVE HAIR (trading name, 2013-05-09 - 2018-12-31)

    Agent Name
    DENNIS COLLIER
    Agent Address
    4355 CARLSON DR, TRAVERSE CITY, MI, 49684
    Directors / Officers

    BUTCH, director
    DENNIS COLLIER, agent
    DENNIS COLLIER, president
    DENNIS COLLIER, treasurer
    DENNIS COLLIER, secretary

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  25. Nice plane
    Correction was a nice plane

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  26. Wondering if alcohol was involved?

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    1. I believe alcohol was involved when his pic was taken

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  27. Power/pitch reaction being reversed with the high-mount engine made it difficult for a self-learner, but you can't deny his mechanic skills to patch up damaged landing gear more than once and get going again.

    That photo has a David Puddy from Seinfeld vibe.

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    1. I was thinking more like someone you would see after you opened the closet door after watching a late night Rod Serling Twilight Zone episode 🤣

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  28. https://twitter.com/dedubia - He really needs to use the picture from this story as his twitter picture.

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  29. Not to throw salt in the wound, but the siding on his house is mis-aligned.

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  30. I hope this pilot is getting the mental health support he needs. This is not a normal situation. Is a person reaching out for help. I hope he finds it.

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