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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 213790
Last updated: 23 February 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SREY model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey
Registration: N221EZ
C/n / msn: ID403C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Connecticut River west of Haverhill, NH -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Haverhill, NH
Destination airport:Haverhill, NH
Investigating agency: NTSB
The private pilot took off in the experimental, amateur-built amphibious airplane from a river, which was about 100 ft wide and lined with trees on both sides, and initiated a right 180° turn. He then made a left teardrop turn about 50 ft above ground level over a flat cornfield to make a 45° re-entry to land back on the river. When the airplane crossed over the river's shoreline, the pilot attempted to turn left and line up with the river; however, according to the pilot, the control stick would not move past the vertical position. He added power, but the airplane was unable to climb above trees on the opposite side of the river. The airplane collided with the trees and descended into the water. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed both wings had been removed during recovery, but the flight controls moved freely when manually manipulated.  The pilot said the airplane’s automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) component, which was attached to the control panel via a suction cup, may have come loose during the flight and become caught under the flight control assembly, thus jamming the flight controls. He demonstrated how an object could get caught under the controls; however, neither he nor the passenger could confirm that this happened on the accident flight, and examination of the ADS-B component did not reveal any physical damage. The pilot said that he would normally climb above the surrounding terrain before coming back to land; however, during this flight, he did not give himself an "out" in case of an emergency. His decision to maneuver the airplane below surrounding terrain in a confined area left insufficient altitude to troubleshoot a perceived flight control issue, and he was unable to remain clear of trees.


Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from trees while maneuvering the airplane at a very low altitude in a confined area while attempting to land on a river.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 8 months
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

13 May 2009 N221EZ Private 0 Little Lake Harris, Florida unk


Photo: FAA

Revision history:

29-Jul-2018 21:17 Geno Added
29-Jul-2018 21:28 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
29-Jul-2018 23:20 Geno Updated [Registration, Cn, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
19-Apr-2020 17:29 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Accident report, ]
19-Apr-2020 17:55 harro Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative, Photo, Accident report, ]

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