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    C-206 fatal accident in Homer last night.

    It was blowing pretty hard, around 21 knots in a cross wind on the lake. The plane is not floating up-side down, it is on the mud bottom with the floats up in the air out of the water. The Port side float has about 2.5 feet of the bow end of the float bent upwards.

    The lake has been closed all day. The Airport Manager tried to get it open with a NOTAM since the wreck in 2/3 of the way up on the north side of the lake. But the feds took all day to get down here and were still out there a few minutes ago...

    http://www.palmbeachpost.com/ap/ap/l...e-crash/nPq6P/

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    Hey, Float Pilot, hoping for your follow-up report when more facts come to light. The Stationair is one truly great airplane, whether on floats or on wheels, but the pilot plus six is a really full load. Do you reckon it was really the crosswind, or did the friver somehow go to full flaps while landing the thing . . . ?

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    Don't know....
    A couple hours before the accident I was down at the lake and it was blowing from 120 degrees with winds around 14 knots gusting to 21 knots. I went home and around the time of the accident it really seemed to gust harder up at my house for about 30-40 minutes. Enough that I was thinking about going back to the lake.
    The general landing directions are 03-21.

    At 2030hrs a friend of mine brought in his C-206 on floats and just landed sideways in the lake and into the wind. He said the gusts were really rolling over the trees on the south side of the lake.

    One semi-witness's lives over by the lake and she said it sounded like a normal landing from the normal direction, but then she heard the impact and shortly thereafter took a photo of people in the lake holding onto the floats.

    The plane came to rest with the inverted aircraft facing the 03 direction. Had (if) they been landing in the common 210 direction that would have taken them straight over to the transient docking area by the McDonalds corner.

    A little while ago a couple guys managed to inflate something in or under the wreck and they were trying to pull it over to the shore. One problem is that they were trying to avoid a large electrical cable that runs across the lake bottom in that area.

    Channel two news was here.... It was almost like the Feds waited until they got here.... and of course they just talked to people passing by,,, and the reporter posed by the wind sock and made a big deal out of the wind,,,, a day later.....

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    Mort: you asked about the flap position.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    Mort: you asked about the flap position.
    Hard to tell, but they used to rivet a stop on the flap selector lever to keep them at orabove twenty-degrees when I was driving them every day. I forbid the riveted stop, but I was certainly careful to keep landings at twenty degrees, even though it was said that thirty degrees would be all right for water landings. Forty degrees was supposed to be a guarantee of a wet, inverted airplane . . . Any comments from the rest of you C-206 drivers ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    Mort: you asked about the flap position.
    . . . . . and I'd certainloy question the use of flaps in that sort of wind anyway . . . . . !

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    Well they were full down when the bird was floated & plucked out of the lake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    Well they were full down when the bird was floated & plucked out of the lake.
    I don't want to outguess the gummint, but those seven C-206 microswitche should have held the flaps in the position that the pilot set them. That would be the second matter that would have meant pilot error. The first would have been his choice to land in the crosswind, if he did. And I hate to say all that out loud . . . . .

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    I knew Cheryll well. I've met the pilot, Joe several times. Joe has an extensive lifetime of flying but I don't know how much time he had in 206's.

    Both of them were/are instrumental in our Talkeetna Build A Plane project. MEA donates the warehouse we use. I've known Cheryll for 20 yrs. She will be missed.
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    A real tragedy and it could happen in a split second to any of us.. remember the old chain of events /decisions chart....
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    Mrs. Heinze was the lone passenger in the third row. That surprised me. So did the mention of a "microburst". Mechanical turbulence seems more likely.

    The whole affair is sad for all parties involved. My sincere condolences to Mr. Heinze and all of his wife's friends.

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    You are right on as usual.
    A micro burst is usually associated with heavy convective activity. There was none. In this case the wind gusts in excess of 20 knots were causing mechanical turbulence as the winds rolled over the slight hill , houses and trees on the south side of the lake. It was happening all night on our lake. But even without the mechanical turbulence aspect, any crosswind gusts exceeding 20 knots will be a handful if you do not know how to deal with it.
    Beluga Lake here in Homer is over 4,500 feet long in a general 03-21 direction. It is also over 1,500 feet wide for about a third of its length. The wreck site was 1,090 feet (via laser rangefinder) away (straight out) from my dock on the southern side of the lake.
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