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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 166504
Last updated: 25 April 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SREY model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey LSX
Owner/operator:Berger Kenneth A
Registration: N249PW
C/n / msn: 1LK485C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Banks Lake, near Grand Coulee, WA -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Electric City, WA
Destination airport:Monroe, WA
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to witnesses, the private pilot of the experimental, amateur-built, high-wing, amphibious airplane was attempting to take off from the lake, which was choppy due to numerous boat wakes. Witnesses reported that the airplane started a high-speed run but that the engine then throttled back, and the airplane turned toward the beach. The airplane then abruptly turned 180 degrees and started another high-speed run. While on the step for the final takeoff attempt, the airplane encountered a boat wake, bounced 4 to 5 ft, and then abruptly nosed down into the lake. The airplane came to an abrupt stop with a 20- to 30-ft-high splash. When witnesses arrived in their boats, the airplane’s high wings were level with the water’s surface, and the aft-facing, pylon-mounted engine was still running. Swimmers entered the water and recovered the pilot from the submerged cabin. Shortly thereafter, the airplane sank. The submerged airplane could not be located during a subsequent search by local law enforcement, and the wreckage was not recovered.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain pitch control during takeoff after encountering a boat wake, which resulted in the airplane bouncing, impacting the water’s surface, and subsequently becoming submerged.


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Revision history:

25-May-2014 04:05 Geno Added
25-May-2014 20:14 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
26-May-2014 03:45 Geno Updated [Source]
30-May-2014 05:08 Geno Updated [Time, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 14:22 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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