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The purposes of the accident list below are to: (1) serve as historical reference (2) serve as a reminder to Seabee pilots.  The accident list does not intend to identify the pilots involved, or to give a final conclusion on the cause of an accident.  When available to the author, the information has been taken from official accident reports.    However, most of the information is from newspapers, books and other trivial sources.  For conclusive accident information, the final official NTSB reports should be consulted.

From the accident list below, the most common accident scenarios seem to be

(1) Gear down on water
(2) engine failure/fire
(3) landing
(4) ground loop
(5) taxiing.

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Date: S/N:

Reg: 

Location: Injuries: Phase: Cause: Remarks S
1947-05-?? 411

SE-AXD

Stockholm,
Sweden
None N/A N/A Damaged when unloaded from ship in import to Sweden.  
1947-02-23 279 NC6096K Klamath Falls, Oregon
USA
3 fatal
1 serious
take off overload? After take off from Klamath Falls Municipal Airport, the aircraft did not gain sufficient height to clear power cables outside airport.  Aircraft hit cables and nosed hard into ground, killing Tex Rankin and two of his three passengers. D
1947-04-01 588 NC6359K Lake Freeman, Indiana
USA
2 serious landing wheels down water Aircraft crashed on landing, when pilot George Needham landed on water with landing gear down.  Mr. Needham and wife were rescued by Charles Robertson and Robert Chaffin fishing from a rowboat nearby.  Mr. Needham suffered bruises, cuts and shock.  Mrs. Needham almost drowned, but was rescued by artificial breathing.  She also suffered a broken arm and cuts. D
1947-04-13 174 NC6004K Winona Lake, Wayne Township, Warsaw, Indiana
USA
2 minor ? ? Paul Lowman, 35, pilot and Warsaw flying school operator, and his passenger, Carl Wyrick, 24, of Warsaw, were rescued from a Republic Seabee which crashed in Winona Lake.  After they climbed onto the wings of the crashed plane, they were taken off in a speedboat by Homer Hatfield and Lewis Meredith, of Warsaw. D
1947-05-21 494 NC6281K Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
USA
2 serious take off downdraft Aircraft crashed at Riverside Drive and Old River Road.   The pilot made at take off from Susquehanna River and hit a downdraft.  The aircraft struck an electric wire in a nosedive and lost its right wing. Pilot Daniel Berrettini (37), and passenger Isaac Coursen (48) escaped with serious injuries.  The aircraft was based at Wyoming Valley Airport, Forty Fort, owned by Clifton Carr. D
1947-06-27 930 NC6653K Chautauqua Lake, New York
USA
1 fatal
4 serious
landing wheels down water Aircraft crashed when landing on water with landing gear down.  Fiver-year-old Margaret Brinck drowned.  Mr. and Mrs. Harold Brinck and daughter Nins Kay (6) escaped, together with pilot Anthony Mangine. D
1947-07-05 599 NC6370K Rimrock Lake, Yakima County, Washington. 3 none landing wing float   Aircraft sank after a wing float was lost during landing.  Wreck salvaged November 1963. Rebuilt in 1980. S
1947-07-10 864

LN-PAI

Bergern Harbour,
Bergen,
Norway
none taxiing ? Water taxiing accident.  Repaired. M
1947-07-17 865

LN-PAK

Bergen Harbour,
Bergen,
Norway
none taxiing ? Water taxiing accident. Repaired. M
1947-07-22 754 NC6492K Schultzville, near Scranton Aiport, Pennsylvania.   4 none take off ? Crashed into hill near Schultzville. The plane was trying to gain altitude after taking off from the Scranton airport.  In the plane were Arthur S. Grove, 35, Pequea, Lancaster county; Richard H. Vanduesan, 24, Pequea; John Herr, 49, Millersville, and W. F. Schleenbacker, 49, Lancaster. D
1947-08-03 705 NC6454K Buttle Lake, Vancouver
Canada
2 minor landing wheels down water Aircraft was landed with wheels down on water.  Pilot Robert K. Dent and his father Howard Dent escaped with minor injuries. D
1947-09-07 11 NC87461 Massachusetts
USA
? ? ? Accident.  "It has been decided by us that this aircraft can not be satisfactorily repaired therefore it has been dismantled in such a way that it will never be in flight again". D
1947-09-07 905

LN-PAL

Bergen Harbour,
Bergen,
Norway
none taxiing ? Water taxiing accident. Repaired. M
1947-09-08 910

LN-RAB

Store Reinjø,
Selbu,
Norway
none landing ? Aircraft hit bottom when landing on a shallow mountain lake. D
1947-10-09 402

SE-AXL

Vastenjaure (Lake),
Norrland,
Sweden
? ? ? Crashed on Lake. D
1947-10-31 202

LN-MAF

Atløy,
Sogn,
Norway
? Landing ? Crashed on landing at sea near the island Atløy.  Rebuilt. M
1947-11-26 865

LN-PAK

Kjevik,
Kristiandsand,
Norway
? landing ? Landing accident.  Repaired. M
1947-12-10 ? ? 2 mi N of
Honeoye Falls, New York
USA
? ? ? Three person were injured when their Republic Seabee plane crashed in a field two miles north of Honeoye Falls, New York.  Pilot of the plane was Richard F. Stott, St. Albans, Long Island, who extricated himself from the wreckage and telephoned for assistance from a nearby house.  Also injured were Mrs. Stott and a passenger identified as John Woodworth.  All three were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. [Syracuse Herald-Journal, Wednesday evening, Dec. 10, 1947]. D
1948-03-23 864

LN-PAI

Høyanger,
Norway
none landing FOD Hit a submerged object during landing at sea.  The aircraft was taxied ashore. D
1948-03-30 921 CF-DKT Elk Lake, Ontario
Canada
none take off engine Pilot T. R. Stromberg took off from ice in ski-equipped a/c.  Had just reached a height of 500 feet when there was a sound of an explosion and engine immediately stopped.  Pilot had no choice but to try to land in small creek and began to glide in that direction but did not succeed.  He pancaked in and a/c damaged.  Damage: Aircraft destroyed.  Injuries: Nil.  [Files: 5008-D11-20 / 5802-10772]. D
1948-04-06 368

SE-AXH

Årsta,
Stockholm,
Sweden
? ? ? Crashed near Årsta. D
1948-05-09 298 NC6115K Near Baker Airport, Port Huron, Michigan: 1 fatal
1 minor
? ? Pilot Dale Powers, 41, of Port Huron, crashed to his death in a rainstorm near Baker airport.  His passenger, Ann Oswald, was slightly injured.
[The News-Palladium, Benton Harbor, Mich., Monday, May 10, 1948].
D
1948-05-20 859 CF-FSE Papinachois, Province du Québec
Canada
3 none take off ? Pilot G. R. Ayres (Operator: Atlas Aviation Limited) attempted take off from an airstrip with two passengers on board.  Upon reaching end of strip, a/c was not fully airborne and port wing tip float struck a fence post.  This slowed a/c still further and it struck a bank at the side of the road, shearing off the undercarriage.  It the skidded about another 200 feet on the hull.  Damage: Substantial.  Injuries: Nil. [Files: 5008-F19-5 / 5802-12113]. S
1948-05-30 917 CF-DKR Port Arthur, Ontario
Canada
none cruise engine  Pilot H. Evans (Operator:  Superior Airways Limited) was enroute from Fort Williams to Port Arthur.  Eleven miles east of Port Arthur, engine failed completely and pilot made a forced landing in a cleared area.  Damage: Aircraft destroyed.  Injuries: Nil.  [File: 5008-D11-18 / 5802-2505]. D
1948-06-09 913 CF-FLR Cumshewa Inlet
British Columbia
Canada
none take off FOD Struck rock on take off from sea.  Temporarily repaired by filling concrete in hull to stop leakage. M
1948-06-11 953

LN-MAL

Bergen Harbour,
Bergen,
Norway
none taxiing ? Water taxiing accident. Repaired. M
1948-06-23 1011 CF-FSD La Tuque, Province du Québec
Canada
none landing landing gear La Tuque, Province du Québec; After take off undercarriage was selected up, but before it was raised hydraulic pressure fell to zero.  Pilot J. Rivard forced to land on hull.  Damage: Minor.  Injuries: Nil.  Operator: La Tuque Air Service Co. Ltd.  [File: 5008-F19-4 / 5802-20958]. M
1948-07-08 59 CF-ECR Toronto, Ontario
Canada
none take off ? A/c took off, reached approximately 200' then started to lose altitude.  In order to avoid localizer house and bush in line of take off, pilot A. Tateishi (Operator: A. K. Tateishi) turned left and landed in open field.  Damage: Minor.  Injuries: Nil.  [File: 5008-E3-18 / 5802-16312]. M
1948-07-15 646

LN-PAF

Fornebu Airport,
Oslo,
Norway
? take off ? A/c crashed on take off.  Repaired. M
1948-07-18 794 NC6528K Ludlow Bay, 20 miles south of Port Townsend, Washington
USA
4 minor landing ? Crashed on a forced landing. The plane sank quickly after the crash and a Coast Guard auxiliary boat rescued the 4 men from the water. D
1948-07-28 720 NC6469K Near Grand Forks Airport, British Columbia
Canada
2 fatal
2 serious
take off ? 1 mile after take off, aircraft dived and crashed into a tree. D
1948-08-05 646

LN-PAF

Fornebu SPB,
Oslo,
Norway
? landing ? Accident when landing at Fornebu SPB.  Repaired. M
1948-11-24 1029 N6741K Alaska? ? ? ? Accident.  No details known. D
1949-02-27 412

SE-AXE

South Rhodesia,
Africa
2 take off ? Crashed on take of from small bush airstrip D
1949-02-28 905

LN-PAL

Sola Airport,
Stavanger,
Norway
4 serious take off stall Stalled and crashed during take off, probably due to snow/ice on wings and heavy load. D
1949-07-25 466 NC6259K Hampton, 5 mi NE Whitehall, New York
USA
1 fatal cruise spin Stalled and spun into ground and crashed in foggy weather.  Pilot Dr. Daniel C. Donald, jr., was killed. D
1949-07-30 140 NC87573 Chicopee, Massachusetts
USA
2 fatal
2 serious
? ? Two men died and two others were injured in the crash of an amphibian plane into the Connecticut River.  Dead were Thomas H. Corbert, 25, of West Springfield, Mass., and Philip De Palma, 23, of Agawam, Mass.

[The North Adams Transcript, Massachusetts, Monday Afternoon, August 1, 1949, courtesy of Matt Miller].
D
1949-09-01 401

SE-AXK

Stora Värtan (Lake),
Lidingö,
Sweden
? ? ? Crashed on Lake. D
1949-09-05 903 NC6630K 4-Mile Bridge, Rock River, Janesville, Wisconsin
USA
1 serious take off  collision On take off from Rock River, Janesville, Wisconsin, aircraft crashed into center span of new 4-Mile Bridge. Aircraft unexpectedly took off too early to clear bridge. Pilot/owner Clarence E. Thiele; 213 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was seriously injured.  
1950-05-29  375 NC6184K Ross Lake, Washington
USA
2 fatal
2 minor
take off stall? Aircraft crashed during take off from lake.  When turning a bend on the lake during take off, the pilot discovered a dam ahead.  In trying to avoid hitting the Ross Dam, pilot steeply banked the aircraft into a turn.  Unfortunately, the wing hit the water and aircraft cartwheeled into the lake.  Mr. Nicholas M. Yanick (36) and Mrs. Marie Yanick (32) were killed. Their two boys; Miles (14) and Jay (12) were rescued and survived. D
1950-05-30 647

LN-PAH

Sola SPB,
Norway
? landing ? Landing accident at sea. Repaired. M
1950-07-09 146

TF-VIA

Tingvallavatn (Lake),
Iceland
? ? ? Sank in Lake 'Tingvallavatn'. S
1950-08-24 520 CF-DYF Point Roberts,
Washington,
USA.
1 fatal enroute stall Crashed during cross country flight. Stall/spin.
Pilot/owner R. S. McPherson was killed.
AD Files # 5002-246 / 5802-5051
D
1950-10-27 646

LN-PAF

Bardufoss AFB,
Målselv,
Norway
? landing ? Wheels up landing at airport.  Repaired. M
1951-02-21 913 CF-FLR Lund
British Columbia
Canada
? ? ? Sank in Lund, British Columbia.  Damaged beyond repair. D
1951-05-21 469

SE-AXN

Vismen (Lake),
Sweden
? ? ? Crashed on lake. D
1951-08-01 828

LN-PAP

Steinvik,
Storelvdal,
Norway
4 minor cruise fuel Due to fuel starvation an emergency landing was made on a sump, destroying the aircraft. D
1952-06-01 352 CF-FCD 3 mi N
Rossport, Ontario
Canada
1 fatal? ? ? Operated by Superior Airways.  
1952-06-15 823

SE-AXW

Gillingelandet,
Stockholm,
Sweden
? ? ? ? D
1953-08-09 1014 CF-FJJ North end Harrison Lake, British Columbia
Canada
none taxiing FOD After landing and almost in to the dock, the wing float struck submerged object. Port wing float split open.  Operated by Cascade Air Service, pilot Sherwood L. Moffit (C-6053). [Files: 5008-F10-10 / 5802-31849). M
1955-07-03 646

LN-PAF

Fornebu,
Oslo,
Norway
? landing mechanical Landing accident. M
1955-07-16 645

LN-TSN

Ålesund SPB,
Norway
none motor
running
mechanic When running engine unattended on slipway, LN-TSN rolled into Seabee LN-PAK.  Repaired. M
1955-07-16 865

LN-PAK

Aalesund SPB,
Norway
none motor
running
mechanic Hit by another Seabee (LN-TSN) when engine was running unattended at a slipway.  Repaired. M
1955-08-23 645

LN-TSN

Nordfjordeid,
Norway
1 fatal
1 minor
landing glassy
water
When making a night/glassy water landing to pick up an ambulance patient, the a/c hit the water at high sink rate and crashed.  The 17 year old assistant was not able to release seatbelts and drowned. D
1955-09-09 758 N4765C Wrangell Harbor, Alaska
USA
1 fatal take off bird strike (?) The plane plunged into the harbor a few minutes after pilot/owner Melvin Bolsinger had taken off in clear weather.  Witnesses said he got clear of the plane after it hit, but disappeared before help could reach him.  A recently killed seagull was found floating near the crash scene, leading to the theory the bird may had flown into the propeller. D
1955-10-10 959 NC6676K Prior Lake, MN
USA
4 fatal ? ? No details known. D
1956-06-26 269

SE-AXC

Porjus,
Sweden
? landing water ? Crashed on emergency landing. D
1957-01-22 644

LN-PAM

Leirvik,
Stord,
Norway
2 fatal
1 serious
2 minor
take off FOD On ambulance flight the a/c hit an object floating in the sea on take off in the dark and crashed.  The doctor and the baby patient died.  Pilot seriously injured.  The 2nd pilot and mother of baby only minor injuries. D
1957-07-03 ?

"103"

Lake Ypacarai, San Bernandino, Paraguay ? fatal landing water   Operated by Aviación Naval Paraguaya (ANP) - Paraguayan Navy - ANP code "103". D
1957-08-08 202

LN-BDT

Gossen airfield,
Norway
? landing ? Crashed on landing at small airfield 'Gossen'. Repaired. M
1957-08-11 647

LN-PAH

Langesjöen (Lake),
Hardangervidda,
Norway
? take off ? Take off accident from water.  Repaired. M
1958-07-08 726

SE-AXU

Lake Sitojaure,
Porjus,
Sweden
? ? ? ? D
1958-09-30 679

OH-EGA

Kaukopää,
Finland
? landing wheels down water Landed wheels down on water, overturned and sank. D
1958-10-12 144 N87577 Santa Catalina Island
California
USA
3 fatal turn pilot
stall?
1958/10/12 Pilot Vincent Pardew, actor Ed Hinton and model Marcella Crumley were all killed, when aircraft crashed into a hill near beach.  
1958-10-19 558

TG-CIP

Guatemala ? ? ? ? D
1959-04-07 865

LN-PAK

Skodje,
Norway
? take off ? Accident on water take off.  Repaired. M
1959-07-30 724

SE-AXT

Skavbränna,
Jämtland,
Sweden
? ? ? ? D
1959-09-28 1014 CF-FJJ Monkman Lake, 45 miles S. of Burns Lake, British Columbia
Canada
1 minor
1 fatal
landing ? Lower section of hull tore away on landing at lake.  Aircraft sank.  Pilot W. D. Blair minor injuries, passenger H. S. Monkman drowned. [File: 5002-791]. D
1960-09-20 145 CF-GTW Walls Pond,
Newfoundland
Canada
48º 51' N
55º 11' W
1 none landing pilot Pilot: Samuel Herbert Blandford (37), PPL # QMP-3741.
File # 5002-1132.

Pilot error.  He selected unsuitable terrain. He misjudged the engine controls. Aircraft collided with the shore.  Substantial damage to aircraft.  

D
1961-06-23 646

SE-CHF

Höör,
Sweden
2 serious landing engine
fuel
Engine stopped, probably due to fuel starvation (someone had stolen fuel from aircraft?).  When trying to make an emergency landing on a pond, the aircraft hit a gravel embankment just before the pond and was totally destroyed. D
1961-10-31 1040 CF-FXS Edmonton
Alberta
Canada
1 serious landing engine 1961/10/31 crashed 1/4 mile east of Edmonton Municipal Airport, Alberta, Canada, after engine failure on take off.  Hit power lines when making emergency landing. Pilot/owner seriously injured. D
1962-06-15 737

LN-MAM
(OH-SBC)

Fågelhorn,
Hernøsand,
Sweden
1 minor landing pilot During water landing right wing float hit the sea hard and disintegrated from the aircraft.  Right wing dug in, and when giving throttle to rise the wing again, the Seabee flipped over on its back.  Pilot was rescued by two boatmen. D
1962-06-22 647

LN-PAH

Kristiansand Harbour,
Norway
? taxiing ? Hit by a boat. D
1963-06-30 470

SE-AXO

Siggetorasjön (Lake),
Uppland,
Sweden
? ? ? Crashed on lake.  
1963-08-03 400

SE-AXI

Alleb Allotjåkko (Lake),
Norrland,
Sweden
4 fatal ? ? Crashed into mountain. D
1964-08-15 865

SE-CMM

Stenungsund,
Sweden
? landing wheels down water Landed wheels down on water, overturned and sank. D
1964-10-15 829

LN-TVV

Skjörhalsen,
Norway
? ? ? Major damage in accident.  Repaired. S
1965-06-18 109

SE-AXA

Stora Sjöfallet,
Sweden
? ? ? ? D
1965-08-01 363 N6175K Landsdown Apt
Youngstown, Ohio
1 none landing fuel The aircraft crashed with trees during emergency landing after complete engine failure.  Substantial damage to aircraft.  The single occupant was uninjured.  Cause of engine stop was fuel exhaustion.   S
1967-08-06 200

OH-SBB

Puumala,
Finland
? take off ? Crashed on take off. S
1968-07-21 786 N1428V Harris Lake, Ontario
Canada
? ? ? Crashed in a lake.  Details unknown. D
1969-03-07 111 N87550 Lake Placid, FL
USA
1 none landing wheels down water Take off from Dressel Airport.  Wheels down landing on water.  Pilot in command failed to retract landing wheels before landing on water. Aircraft sank. Damage substantial.  Pilot was not injured. [NTSB Identification: MIA69D0403]. S
1971-06-20 817 N6551K Tonawanda, NY
USA
3 none taxiing float During take off from Buffalo River(?), near Tonawanda, NY, the left wing float separated from aircraft.  The pilot landed again to retrieve the float.  After landing, the taxiing aircraft was capsized by wind and sank, some 6 miles from departure airport, Lockport, NY. The flight was an instructional flight, with an instructor (40), a student pilot and a passenger on board.  Nobody was injured.  The wreck was later recovered. D
1975-11-16 57 N87505 Gastonia, NC
USA
1 fatal cruise technical
failure
 A/C departed from Gainesville, GA, for a ferry flight to Charlotte, NC.  During flight a push rod, P/N 1219, in elevator control system disconnected from the control column lower quadrant, P/N 1223.  A/C made an uncontrolled decent into a lake in Gastonia, North Carolina.  The 56 year old pilot (25.000 hrs), was fatally injured and the aircraft reported as "destroyed".  [NTSB Identification: IAD76AI034]. D
1980-02-28 143

N87576

McKenna, WA, USA 1 serious
1 minor
take off engine After take off from Western Airpark, Yelm, the engine stopped and an emergency wheels-up landing was made on a field near McKenna. The Seabee hit ground hard and was severely damaged.   Pilot John Greeff (40) and passenger Francis Green (73) were seriously injured. D
1982-06-26 691 N6441K Llano, Texas,
USA
1 none landing wheel down water
(mech. failure)
  The pilot was on a test flight to check the engine in the amphibious aircraft.  As the landing gear was being lowered to land at the airport, a "pop" was heard.  Reportedly, the noise occurred when the clevis on the rod end of the retract/extend cylinder failed.  The pilot reported that the gear would not retract or extend, but was swinging freely in a trail position.  He elected to make a water landing.  Thinking the gear would trail behind.  Reportedly, the aircraft bounced on its first touchdown.  The pilot stated that the wheels were knocked back hard, the bounced fully forward and locked.  Subsequently, the aircraft flipped forward onto its back.  Injuries: none.  Aircraft damage: Substantial.  [NTSB ID No: FTW82DA254]. S
1982-07-16 671 N6426K Southwick, MA
USA
1 minor
1 none
cruise engine During flight, the engine begun to run rough.  The pilot attempted to correct the situation but the engine continued to operate at reduced power.  He elected to land the amphibious plane in a field and extended the gear.  However, the pilot saw that the aircraft would not clear trees, so he decided to land on a nearby lake.  There was not enough time to retract the gear; therefore, during the landing, the plane flipped over.  It continued to float, and later, it was turned to an upright position and towed out of the lake on its gear.  The pilot stated that he had drained the sumps before the flight.  After the accident, he drained about 5 ounces of fluid from the upper drain and about half of it was water.  However, the water was found after the aircraft had floated upside down in the lake over night.  Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 Uninjured.   [NTSB Identification: NYC82DA156]. S
1984-09-12 782 N6516K Little Rock, AR,
USA
1 serious Take off engine
propeller

According to pilot's statement, in the 6 hours of experience in the aircraft, the max engine RPM attained was 2,000.  During the initial legs of the ferry from Morristown, TN, to California, numerous takeoffs were aborted because the aircraft would not accelerate to proper take off speed.  Prior to the accident 2 unsuccessful takeoffs were aborted on the 9,000 ft runway.  On the third try the aircraft climbed to about 200 ft but was unable to maintain altitude.  In an attempt to clear a highway, the pilot raised the nose until the aircraft stalled, entered an uncontrolled descent and impacted the ground short of the road.

D
1988-10-06 361 N3263G Miami, Florida
USA
1 minor
3 none
landing wheels down
water
The pilot stated that he was having problems with the elevator trim and elected to land the amphibious aircraft in the bay.  He acknowledged and witnesses observed him lower the gear prior to attempting to land on the water.  The aircraft flipped inverted on touchdown.  Injuries: 1 minor, 3 uninjured.  
1989-09-22 203

SE-BXC

Stora Sjöfallet (Lake),
Norrland,
Sweden
? landing engine The GO-480 engine stopped just before landing on lake. A/c caught fire and was destroyed. D
1990-09-24 504 N6291K Mulberry, FL,
USA
1 serious
1 minor
cruise engine During cruise flight at 3,000 ft, 20 miles south of the intended destination the pilot reported that smoke filled the cockpit.  About 1 minute later the engine seized.  During the attempted forced landing on a water filled phosphate pit, the aircraft collided with an embankment short of the pit, nosed over and came to rest inverted.  Exam of the engine revealed that the number 4 cylinder piston was damaged circumferentially for undetermined reasons.  Also discovered vas the failure of number 5 cylinder connecting rod.  The engine was reportedly recently overhauled, but the logbooks were inside the aircraft & were not recovered.  1 seriously injured, 1 minor injured. [NTSB ID No: MIA90LA187] D
1991-06-18 691 N6441K Kingsland, Texas,
USA
1 serious taxiing pilot During nighttime water taxi the pilot lost control of the amphibious airplane during the docking.  The airplane left landing gear/float assembly hit the submerged portion of the dock and expelled the pilot out of the right door into the water.  The pilot was not wearing a seat belt.  The private pilot/owner was not seaplane rated.  Pilot was seriously injured.  Aircraft damage: minor.  [NTSB ID No: FTW91LA101]. S
1993-08-?? 184

N6014K

Scott Lake, WA, USA 1 minor landing wheels down
water
Landed wheels down on water, after refueling on an airport.  
1999-08-23 250

N6070K

Discovery Bay,
Chimacum, WA,
USA
2 fatal landing stall The two pilots departed Port Angeles, Washington, for Corvallis, Oregon, with the intention of making practice landings en route. Witnesses observed the aircraft in a smooth, descending, right turn lining up to the north over the south end of Discovery Bay and headed towards 50 foot power lines which crossed the bay on an east/west line. Just short of the power lines, the aircraft was observed to execute a sharp 90 degree left turn, descend out of control to the water, bounce into the air and then re-enter the water in a steep, nose down attitude. Stall, gusty windy conditions. D
2000-06-08 663 N60CB Lake Pleasant, Speculator, New York, USA 1 none landing wheels down water Substantially damage during a water landing on Lake Pleasant, Speculator, New York. The certificated private pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight that originated from Monticello, New York. No flight plan was filed, and the flight was conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.
According to the pilot, he inadvertently lowered the landing wheels while on approach for a water landing. The airplane touched down, and nosed over. [NTSB ID No: NYC00LA169].
S
2000-10-12 363

N6175K

Baraboo (DLL), WI,
USA
2 none climb engine During initial climb-out, airspeed began to decay and climb rate decreased quickly. Return to runway seemed impossible.  At AGL at less than 200' aircraft was turned into wind, towards best field. Avoided obstacles and landed in corn field. Intake valve spring failed on #5 cylinder. M
2000-09-13 270

LN-IKK

Kjeller Airport,
Norway
2 none landing landing gear Emergency gear up landing was made after the gear retraction lug failed. M
2001-03-23 508

N6295K

Carr Inlet, WA, USA 1 none cruise propeller At 1,500 feet (msl) pilot  observed an engine over speed condition. The pilot reduced engine RPM and executed a forced water landing. The airplane's propeller had separated from the crankshaft flange. M
2001-08-21 1043

N6755K

Chimacum, WA, USA none cruise magnetos All power was lost. The pilot selected an open field as landing site.  The landing gear had been extended and as the aircraft was maneuvered onto a short final, the right main landing gear struck a cow. The aircraft yawed into a left skid, contacted the ground and skidded through a barbwire fence. Post-crash examination revealed that the right magneto had grounded internally resulting in its failure to operate. Additional testing revealed the left coil ignition system had also grounded internally as evidence by arcing, and it too, had failed. S
2003/06/16  1006

N6723K

Yelm, WA,
USA

1 fatal
1 serious
take off N/A N6723K was destroyed after impacting trees following a takeoff run at Western Airpark (92W) near Yelm, Washington. The left seat pilot-rated passenger received serious injuries, while the right seat airline transport pilot sustained fatal injuries.  The accident is under investigation by NTSB. D
2005/05/14 505

N6292K

Santa Rosa, CA, USA

3 none take off engine Departed Santa Rosa, California, for Lake Berryessa when aircraft lost engine power and made a forced landing in a vineyard, Santa Rosa at time 22:10.   The damage to the the Bee is reported to be substantial. S
2011/01/21 001

N48VP

Shasta Lake, Redding, California,
USA

3 none landing debris During landing on lake, R/H wing float hit debris.  R/H wing sank into water.  Pilot added throttle to lift wing out of water - but failed.  The aircraft flipped and capsized.  All 3 aboard escaped without injuries. S
2012/07/21 78 N87521 Snohomish, WA, USA. 1 serious take off  engine Collided with a tree shortly after takeoff from Harvey Field (S43) Snohomish, Washington. The airline transport pilot, the sole occupant of the airplane, was seriously injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the aft fuselage.

A pilot rated witness stated that he observed the airplane takeoff from runway 15. Shortly after takeoff the airplane collided with a tree and descended into the ground. The airplane came to rest in a creek about 3,000 feet beyond the departure end of the runway.
D
2012/09/15 252 N6072K Cedar Bluff, AL,
USA.
1 fatal landing pilot The pilot of the amphibious airplane departed his home airport and flew to a lake to visit a friend who lived on the shore of the lake. According to the pilot’s friend, the pilot normally approached the lake from the north, made a left 180-degree turn, and then landed to the north. On the day of the accident, however, the wind was calm, and instead of landing to the north, the pilot flew over his friend's house from the west, about 400 feet above ground level, made a left 180-degree turn, and began a descent toward the surface of the lake. During the descent, the airplane contacted a set of electrical transmission lines. During the impact, the airplane's forward motion almost completely stopped, it rolled to the right until it was inverted, then fell to the surface of the lake and sank. D
2016/07/22 137 N87570 Winter Haven, Florida
USA
1 fatal
1 serious
take off engine Substantially damaged during a forced landing after takeoff from Winter Haven's Gilbert Airport (GIF), Winter Haven, Florida. The commercial pilot was fatally injured and the private pilot incurred serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local personal flight. The airplane was operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the commercial pilot, who was also the pilot flying the airplane, the takeoff was normal until about 300 feet above ground level, when the non-flying private pilot stated she smelled fuel. The engine lost power shortly thereafter and the airplane began to descend. The airplane hit some trees and the engine regained power, but the airplane then impacted terrain and came to rest.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the airplane came to rest between a garage and fence. The right elevator was embedded into the roof of the garage. The right wing was bent back behind the fuselage and sliced by the propeller blades of the rear mounted engine. The fuselage was resting on the right side with the left wing pointing skyward. The left wing exhibited impact damage on the leading edge. 
[NTSB Identification: ERA16LA266]
D
2016/09/06 881 CF-ILM Lindsay, Ontario
Canada
1 minor
1 serious
take off engine Emergency landing outside airport after engine power loss after take off.  Electric throttle failure(?). S

N6072K

N6072K
Cedar Bluff, Alabama
17 September 2012
   (N) = No damage.
   (M) = minor damage (rebuildable). (S) = substantial damage (rebuildable).
   (D) = destroyed
Sources: 
- Kay Hagby; "Fra Nielsen & Winther til Boeing 747 - Norske sivilregistrerte fly 1919 - 1998" [ISBN 82-994752-0-1]
- Lars E. Lundin; "Flyghistorisk Revy 30 - Svenskt Civilregister 1" [ Swedish AHS 1983]
- Lars E. Lundin; "Flyghistorisk Revy 36 - Svenskt Civilregister 2" [ISSN  0345-3413 Swedish AHS 1992]
- Lars E. Lundin; "Svenskt Civilregister 3" [ISSN 1100-9837 Swedish AHS 1995]
- NTSB Aviation Accident Database and Synopses
- Newspapers

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