Aviation Safety Letter 1/2005

Amphibious FlipAmphibious Flip

This amphibious float-equipped Cessna A185F was being flown a short distance between water bases. The pilot called the nearest flight information centre (FIC) to advise that the aircraft was on approach and would be landing at destination. The aircraft touched down with the amphibious wheels extended and the aircraft overturned on landing. The uninjured pilot was taken to hospital, examined and subsequently released.

Why did the pilot forget the wheels you ask? Could the short transit and rushed procedures have had anything to do with it? - Ed.

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