A seaplane crashed on Lake Idamere Thursday injured both the pilot and a passenger, according to law enforcement and Tavares city officials.
It was the second such crash this week.
Thursday’s incident occurred just before 11:30 a.m. in a wooded area behind the parking lot of Lake Idamere Park on County Road 448, just outside of Tavares. According to Lake County sheriff’s deputies on the scene, witnesses said the white and gray Searey had just flown over the Institute of Public Safety.
The plane was
flying to the nearby Searey Progressive Aerodyne plant and trying to land in the water. City spokeswoman Joyce Ross said the pilot misjudged the distance and the plane bounced several times before it landed in the scrub on the shoreline.
Deputies said the plane clipped some trees, spun around and crash landed.
A path of downed trees could be seen leading to the plane. With the plane nestled in brush, it was difficult to determine the extent of the damage, but the left wheel appeared to be bent.
Ross said the pilot was complaining of back pain and deputies said the passenger was taken to Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares with unspecified minor injuries.
Their names were unavailable Thursday, but according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s website, the registered owner of the plane manufactured by Progressive Aerodyne is Coastal Alliance Inc. of Ventura, Calif. The plane was manufactured this year, the FAA website states.
The FAA was on the scene at Thursday’s crash, but an investigator wouldn’t comment on the accident.
It is the second plane crash on the same lake this week — both involving Seareys. Ross said a seaplane crashed there on Sunday within the city limits after the pilot forgot to retract his wheels.
That plane went into a nose dive and the pilot was brought to the shore by nearby fishermen.
Ross added that plane sustained a dented nose, cracked windshield and wet engine.
No injuries were reported in Sunday’s crash.