|Manufacturer:||Republic Aviation Corporation; Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA.|
|Model:||Republic RC-3 Seabee / "Lake Tahoe Special"|
|Type Certificate No:||A-769|
|Serial Number:||"001" (Original RC-3 s/n unknown)|
GM LS-6 Robinson V8 engine conversion (405 HP)
GM LS-6 V8 engine.
"Lake Tahoe Special"
MT 4 blade reversible propeller.
Mode S Code 51745012
|N48VP||2005-02-24||Stephen J. Lantz; PO Box 1817, Crystal bay, NV 89402-1817, USA.
Registered as "Lake Tahoe Special" S/N 001.
on Shasta Lake, Redding, California. During landing on Shasta Lake
just before 12:30 p.m., right wing float hit debris in the water some 500 yards
from Bridge Bay Resort.
R/H wing dipped into the water. The pilot gave throttle to try to get the wing out of water. The plane went in circles three to four times, before the attempt failed.
When it stopped, pilot/owner Stephen Lantz and his two passengers — Thomas Giles, 72, of Anderson, and Douglas McLain, 70, of Redding — climbed out. Then the plane flipped and began to sink as the men scrambled on top of it.
Bridge Bay employees quickly made it to the sinking plane and rescued the three, deputies said.
Stephen Lantz and his companions had taken off from Benton Airpark in Redding before landing on the lake.
|Sources:||FAA Aircraft Registry|