NTSB Identification: WPR14LA112
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, January 26, 2014 in Stanwood, WA
Aircraft: WEINZIERL KEVIN SEAREY, registration: N669DT
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On January 26, 2014, about 1615 Pacific standard time, an experimental amateur built Weinzierl Kevin Searey amphibious airplane, N669DT, was substantially damaged during an inadvertent water landing near Stanwood, Washington. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The non-certificated pilot and his passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local personal flight which originated from Arlington, Washington about 1500.

The pilot reported that following a local sightseeing flight, he intended on conducting a low pass over Lake Goodwin prior to returning to Arlington. The pilot verified the landing gear was in the retracted position; glassy water conditions were present before he performed a low pass over the lake about 3 to 4 feet above the water surface. Subsequently, the airplane skimmed the water surface inadvertently immediately followed by water flowing into the cockpit area. The pilot stated that the airplane was partially submerged about 3 to 5 seconds later.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge reviewed postaccident photos taken by a private individual about an hour after the accident occurred. The photos revealed that a majority of the bottom side of the hull was separated.

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