ASN Aircraft accident Cessna 208 Caravan I N802TW Lower East River, New York, NY
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Friday 21 July 2017
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208 Caravan I
Operator:Tailwind Air Service
Registration: N802TW
MSN: 20800300
First flight: 1999
Total airframe hrs:1909
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lower East River, New York, NY (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:New York-Marine Air Terminal, NY (QNY), United States of America
Destination airport:East Hampton Airport, NY (HTO/KHTO), United States of America
The float-equipped Cessna 208 Caravan aircraft experienced a collapse of left float struts during takeoff attempts from New York Skyports Inc Seaplane Base, on the lower East River in New York City, New York. The floatplane came to rest with the left hand wing tip in the water. The ten occupants onboard were not injured and were rescued. The aircraft was towed to the shore.

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause: The airplane's encounter with boat wake and multiple swells during a water takeoff.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 215 days (7 months)
Accident number: GAA17CA574
Download report: Summary report

Landing gear collapse
Runway mishap

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Distance from New York-Marine Air Terminal, NY to East Hampton Airport, NY as the crow flies is 146 km (91 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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