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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 152470
Last updated: 28 August 2021
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Type:Seawind 3000
Registration: N829GS
MSN: 20
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport - KSRQ, Sarasota, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Sarasota, FL (SRQ)
Destination airport:Sarasota, FL (SRQ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The purpose of the flight was to demonstrate the amphibious airplane for a potential buyer. A witness stated that the pilot had difficulty starting the engine before the accident flight. Witnesses reported that the airplane appeared to be climbing slowly after takeoff, then stopped climbing and appeared to be on the verge of a stall. One witness heard a backfire or popping noise before the accident. The airplane collided with trees and then the ground, and a postcrash fire consumed most of the wreckage.

The investigation revealed that, about 4 months before the accident flight, the accident pilot performed a forced landing on water due to a loss of engine power, after which maintenance personnel found and repaired a broken fuel injector line. During that maintenance, the airplane’s propeller was removed, overhauled, and replaced. The airplane had not been flown in the interim. However, maintenance personnel reported that the pilot performed high speed taxi tests before the accident flight and told them that the engine and propeller were performing satisfactorily. Further, postaccident examination of the airframe, engine, and propeller did not reveal evidence of a preexisting malfunction or failure that would have precluded normal operation. Smooth cuts in tree limbs indicated that the engine was operating at the time of impact. The reason for the pilot's inability to establish a normal climb rate could not be determined.
Probable Cause: The pilot's inability to establish a normal climb rate after takeoff for reasons that could not be determined because postaccident examination did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

12-Jan-2013 19:29 Geno Added
12-Jan-2013 19:59 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Destination airport, Source]
13-Jan-2013 17:48 Geno Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
14-Jan-2013 00:20 78Delta Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator]
14-Jan-2013 08:30 bizjets101 Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Narrative]
14-Jan-2013 20:35 Geno Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
15-Jan-2013 21:08 Geno Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
28-Nov-2017 14:06 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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