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Crash of a Piper PA-60 Aerostar (Ted Smith 600) off Avalon: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 21, 1999 at 1015 LT
Registration:
N97CC
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Fullerton - Fullerton
MSN:
60-0154-068
YOM:
1974
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
1710
Captain / Total hours on type:
951.00
Aircraft flight hours:
4199
Circumstances:
The pilot/owner was performing a post maintenance check flight about 20 miles off shore. He was receiving visual flight advisories from a terminal radar approach facility while in level flight about 4,900 feet msl. Subsequently, the airplane started slowing then descending in a right spiral, and radar contact was lost about 1,000 feet msl. The pilot's body was recovered from the ocean. According to the autopsy report, the pilot had experienced sudden cardiac death secondary to an acute myocardial infarction due to atherosclerotic coronary artery disease. Tramadol, a painkiller not approved by the FAA for flight, was detected in a drug screen and may have masked the chest pain.
Probable cause:
The pilot's in-flight loss of control due to physical incapacitation from sudden cardiac death secondary to an acute myocardial infarction.
Final Report:

Crash of a Grumman G-21A Goose off Avalon: 1 killed

Date & Time: Sep 17, 1979 at 1715 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N22932
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Avalon - San Pedro
MSN:
B139
YOM:
1945
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
13300
Captain / Total hours on type:
4000.00
Circumstances:
After takeoff from the bay of Avalon, the twin engine seaplane lost height and crashed into the sea. A passenger was killed while three other occupants were injured, the pilot seriously.
Probable cause:
Airframe failure during initial climb after the elevator tab control system failed. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Inadequate maintenance and inspection,
- Fatigue fracture,
- Up elevator cable separated 3 to 4 feet forward of station 29.
Final Report:

Crash of a Grumman G-21A Goose off Avalon: 1 killed

Date & Time: Apr 14, 1979 at 1007 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N11CS
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
San Pedro - Avalon
MSN:
1166
YOM:
1942
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
9335
Captain / Total hours on type:
455.00
Circumstances:
On approach to Avalon (Santa Catalina Island) in marginal weather conditions with low clouds and fog, the pilot decided to initiate a go-around after noticing boat wakes. Doing so, the seaplane stalled, lost height and crashed into the sea few hundred yards off Pebbly Beach. The pilot and two passengers were seriously injured while seven other occupants escaped with minor injuries. A passenger drowned.
Probable cause:
Stall during a go-around after the pilot misjudged distance, speed and altitude. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Failed to maintain flying speed,
- Low ceiling,
- Fog,
- Visibility two miles or less,
- Low altitude straight-in approach toward seaplane ramp,
- Go-around after noticing boat wakes.
Final Report:

Crash of a Grumman G-73 Mallard off Avalon

Date & Time: Jan 14, 1979 at 1640 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N95DF
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Avalon - Long Beach
MSN:
J-19
YOM:
1947
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
6500
Captain / Total hours on type:
85.00
Circumstances:
While taking off from the Avalon harbour, the seaplane struck three successive waves. On impact, the left engine and the left were torn off. The aircraft came to rest and was damaged beyond repair. All 11 occupants escaped with minor injuries.
Probable cause:
Engine tearaway during takeoff run after the crew selected an unsuitable terrain and failed to abort takeoff. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Premature liftoff,
- Overload failure.
Final Report:

Crash of a Grumman G-21A Goose off Santa Catalina Island

Date & Time: Apr 10, 1976 at 1620 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N18CS
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Camp Fox - San Pedro
MSN:
B059
YOM:
1944
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
11517
Captain / Total hours on type:
1376.00
Circumstances:
After takeoff from Camp Fox (Santa Catalina Island), while cruising at low height, the left engine failed. The pilot elected to make an emergency landing but unstable, the seaplane struck the water surface, lost its left float and came to rest upside down. All 10 occupants were quickly rescued while the aircraft sank and was not recovered.
Probable cause:
Powerplant failure for undetermined reasons. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Improper in-flight decisions,
- Failed to follow approved procedures,
- Improper operation of flight controls,
- Improper emergency procedures,
- Incorrect trim setting,
- Left engine lost power,
- Did not feather left propeller,
- Un maintain altitude,
- Landed cross swell,
- Float separated,
- Sank in ocean.
Final Report:

Crash of a Grumman G-21A Goose off Avalon: 1 killed

Date & Time: Sep 29, 1968 at 1400 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N325
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
B127
YOM:
1945
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
14000
Captain / Total hours on type:
3000.00
Circumstances:
While flying at low height, the pilot lost control of the seaplane that crashed into the sea few dozen yards off Avalon. Few debris were found floating on water but the pilot's body was never found.
Probable cause:
Due to lack of evidences, the cause of the accident could not be determined.
Final Report:

Crash of a Grumman G-73 Mallard off Avalon: 1 killed

Date & Time: May 27, 1967 at 1017 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N2968
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Avalon – San Diego
MSN:
J-25
YOM:
1947
Flight number:
216
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
7054
Captain / Total hours on type:
6271.00
Circumstances:
While leaving the Avalon-Pebbly Beach seaplane base, the airplane struck waves caused by an engine-boat. The airplane went out of control, overturned and crashed. A pilot was killed while three other occupants were injured. The aircraft was lost.
Probable cause:
The pilot added power to continue takeoff when the airplane struck waves and failed to abort takeoff.
Final Report:

Crash of a Grumman G-21A Goose off Avalon

Date & Time: Jul 13, 1964 at 0740 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N4221A
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Avalon – Long Beach
MSN:
1029
YOM:
1939
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
7600
Captain / Total hours on type:
4100.00
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from the Bay of Avalon, while climbing, the pilot apparently encountered engine problems. He elected to make an emergency landing but the seaplane was ditched and later sank. All 10 occupants were evacuated safely.
Probable cause:
The cause of the accident was undetermined.
Final Report:

Crash of a Douglas Dolphin off Avalon: 2 killed

Date & Time: Nov 2, 1933
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
NC12212
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Avalon – Wilmington
MSN:
1002
YOM:
1931
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Avalon's harbour, while climbing, the float plane crashed into the sea for unknown reasons. The captain Walter L. Seiler was seriously injured while the copilot George R. Baker and the passenger were killed. Crew was making a position flight to Wilmington to complete the first commercial flight of the day to Catalina Island.
Crew:
Walter L. Seiler, pilot,
George R. Baker, copilot.
Passenger:
Elliott McFarlan Moore, General Manager of Wilmington-Catalina Airlines.