Wednesday, April 6, 2016

de Havilland DHC-3 Otter, N379PM, Key West Seaplane Adventures: Incident occurred April 06, 2016 at Key West International Airport (KEYW), Monroe County, Florida


Date: 06-APR-16
Time: 21:55:00Z
Regis#: N379PM
Aircraft Make: DE HAVILLAND
Aircraft Model: DHC3
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Activity: Other
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: Florida


KEY WEST, Fla. - A seaplane crashed at the Key West Airport Wednesday, police said. 

The pilot and the 10 passengers on board were not seriously injured, Monroe County Sheriffs' Office spokesperson Becky Herrin said in a statement. 

The airport's tarmac was closed and the Florida Highway Patrol was investigating, Herrin said. 

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A small seaplane crashed after landing Wednesday at the Key West International Airport around 6 p.m., according to Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin.

Initial reports said the pilot and 10 passengers were on board the single-engine DHC-3 Otter and were evaluated at the scene. Their injuries appeared to be minor, Herrin said in a news release.

Airport Director Don DeGraw said the plane had already landed at the airport and was taxiing off the runway when the right-side landing gear collapsed, causing the plane to crash.

According to DeGraw, the plane belongs to Key West Seaplane Adventures, which offers daily tours to the Dry Tortugas.

A passenger on the plane, Chuck Geis of Detroit, told The Citizen that passengers were commenting to one another on “how feather-soft the landing was” before they heard a crunch and felt the right side of the plane strike the tarmac. “Next thing you know, we were on the ground,” he said.

The airport tarmac was closed for a little less than two hours to remove the plane. Florida Highway Patrol was investigating.

Key West Seaplane Adventures is the sister company of Promech Air, a charter plane company based in Ketchikan, Alaska. Last June, one of Promech’s planes crashed into a cliff in Alaska, killing the pilot and eight passengers.


KEY WEST, Fla. (WSVN) -- Key West International Airport was temporarily closed down Wednesday, after a sea plane encountered a rough landing.

It all happened right before 6 p.m., when the aircraft was returning from a sightseeing tour.

The plane became disabled on the runway after part of its landing gear broke apart. According to officials, there were 11 people on board who all walked away and declined medical treatment.

The airport was closed for about 90 minutes to ensure the safety of the pilot and passengers. It was able to resume operations shortly after.

No flights were delayed during the shutdown, but one flight was diverted to Miami International Airport after waiting 40 minutes to land.

The plane has since been towed from the runway.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified of the incident.

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