haggisman
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Seaplane Sinks At New Vancouver Floatplane Termina

Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:13 pm

Very strange ... Saturday morning, and the Harbour Air crews came across this bizarre sight. They were apparently doing some testing with water barrels to mimic passengers and something went a bit off-kilter, to say the least!

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis.../11/05/bc-float-plane-sinking.html

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wedgetail737
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RE: Seaplane Sinks At New Vancouver Floatplane Termina

Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:36 pm

That's an expensive turn-of-events...on a relatively NEW airplane.
 
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RE: Seaplane Sinks At New Vancouver Floatplane Termina

Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:58 am

It's rare to to hear of a floatplane ending up with it's nose pointing in the air and tail underwater. Most of the time if they sink it's sideways. wonder if it'll be a w/o?
 
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RE: Seaplane Sinks At New Vancouver Floatplane Termina

Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:25 am

Quoting wedgetail737 (Reply 1):
That's an expensive turn-of-events...on a relatively NEW airplane.

I thought the last single-engine Otter was built in 1967.
 
haggisman
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RE: Seaplane Sinks At New Vancouver Floatplane Termina

Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:03 pm

On that note - I wonder how many of the new Viking Air birds will be snapped up by floatplane operators? I've taken the Harbour Air seaplanes a few times and one thing they're NOT is quiet  

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Drewski2112
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RE: Seaplane Sinks At New Vancouver Floatplane Termina

Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:37 pm

Quoting teneriffe77 (Reply 2):
wonder if it'll be a w/o?

It's a de Havilland Otter. It'll be back flying in no time.
 
haggisman
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RE: Seaplane Sinks At New Vancouver Floatplane Termina

Tue Nov 08, 2011 2:15 am

According to CKWX radio, a tether line broke, and one of the pontoons was punctured - I guess this explains why the plane ended nose-up. A slight aft CG would make all the water pool at the back of the pontoon and tip up very quickly.

Still, the whole thing sounds a bit fishy to me.
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RE: Seaplane Sinks At New Vancouver Floatplane Termina

Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:35 pm

Quoting maxpower1954 (Reply 3):
Quoting wedgetail737 (Reply 1):
That's an expensive turn-of-events...on a relatively NEW airplane.

I thought the last single-engine Otter was built in 1967.

The airframe involved in the incident was built in 1960 according to the Transport Canada incident summary. Not sure when it was converted to a Turbo Otter with PT-6A engine.

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