NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. — A 9-inch "gouge" was found in a seaplane that had a "rough landing" and sank into Candlewood Lake in New Fairfield in September, according to a report Friday from the National Transportation Safety Board.
No injuries were reported in the crash at 3:45 p.m. Sept 15, but the Seamax-M22 was substantially damaged and sank into the lake, the NTSB said.
Pine tree debris was embedded in part of the "gouge," the NTSB said.
The Seamax made a normal water landing at the intended destination, the NTSB said. But the airplane took on water and sank into the lake near the border of New Fairfield and Sherman.
After the plane was retrieved, a 9-inch gouge was found on the underside of the forward fuselage, below the water line, the NTSB said.
A Federal Aviation Administration inspector confirmed the substantial damage, and noted that pine tree debris was embedded in the aft portion of the damaged area.
The pilot said he did not feel any impact during the landing, the NTSB said.
The plane, operated by Waterbird Holding with a pilot and passenger onboard, had taken off from Francis S Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., for a personal flight.
Conditions were clear with winds of 4 knots at the time of the crash, the NTSB said. Visibility was 10 Miles
State police troopers assisted the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection at the scene after the plane's rough landing.
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