Monday, December 20, 2021

Lake LA-4-250 Renegade, N1402C: Fatal accident occurred December 17, 2021 - Lake Arietta (1FL0), Auburndale, Polk County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances into the lake. 

Amphibian Flyers LLC

Date: 17-DEC-21
Time: 17:25:00Z
Regis#: N1402C
Aircraft Make: AEROFAB
Aircraft Model: LAKE LA-4
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 2
Flight Crew 1
Pax 1
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.

AUBURNDALE, Florida — A husband and wife were killed Friday afternoon when their plane crashed into a Polk County lake, the Auburndale Police Department said.

John William Schmalz III, 70, and Lynann Elaine Kurr, 62, of Winter Haven were killed after their plane crashed into Lake Arietta Friday around 12:25 p.m.

Dennis Jackson, who was working on his pool deck nearby, previously told 8 On Your Side he heard the plane in distress moments before it splashed down.

“I was thinking, I hope that plane pulls up pretty soon because if it isn’t, it’s going to probably be in my living room,” he said.

That’s when Jackson saw the plane, a Lake LA-250 Renegade, crash straight down into the water and explode into flames.

In a press release, the Auburndale Police Department said, “We want to express our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and also would like to acknowledge our partners at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Auburndale Fire Department for their significant assistance in this investigation.”

Authorities said the investigation is ongoing at this time. The NTSB will investigate the cause of the crash.


  1. Local flight. The two were associated with Lake Amphibian Flyers Club.
    Google Maps shows a Lake amphib on the lawn of the registration address, across Lake Hartridge from Winter Haven Regional.

    Track recordings:

    Current club web link:
    Prior weblink (2015 was the last newsletter posted there)

    1. News video shows a fire before it sank:

  2. The investigation continues but media doesn't state the facts that this accident was a bird strike to the wind shield. Divers found a large buzzard inside cabin with pilot.

    1. Where did you see that information? This pilot is my Neighbor and we have not heard any news.