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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65415
Last updated: 4 November 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SREY model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey
Registration: N169GW
C/n / msn: 1DK184
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Melton Hill Lake, Knox County, Tennessee -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Knoxville, TN (NONE)
Destination airport:Knoxville, TN (NONE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot was providing rides to passengers in an amateur-built seaplane, and following a previous uneventful local flight with another passenger, the pilot returned, landed, and the accident passenger boarded. The final moments of the accident flight were captured on video by pleasure boaters. The airplane overflew the boat at a low altitude, then entered a steep bank, descended steeply, and impacted the water. Examination of the wreckage revealed no evidence of any preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures of the engine or flight controls. According to the experimental seaplane’s kit manufacturer, when equipped with a 100 horsepower engine and loaded with 2 occupants, the stall speed in level flight was 40 miles per hour.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed, resulting in an aerodynamic stall and uncontrolled descent.



Revision history:

06-Jun-2009 23:20 slowkid Added
10-Jun-2009 10:27 harro Updated
18-Nov-2009 22:07 robbreid Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
02-Dec-2017 15:35 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Plane category]

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