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Old 16th Jul 2017, 00:52   #1 (permalink)
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Canada, seaplane accident, Pilot_DAR

Our admin, Pilot_DAR has been involved in a seaplane accident near his home in Canada. Reports don't say, but I know he owns a Thurston Teal, which would be my guess of the accident aircraft.

What little I know is that he and the other occupant of the aircraft have been hopitalised, but it doesn't sound like life threatening injuries. Apparently the aircraft has sunk.

I'm sure that all our thoughts are with him and his family. I hope he'll share some lessons and war stories with us about it in due course.

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Old 16th Jul 2017, 01:26   #2 (permalink)
 
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That is sad to hear. I hope the injuries are nothing more than bruises and I wish him and his passenger a swift recovery.
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Old 16th Jul 2017, 18:50   #3 (permalink)
 
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Sorry to hear that. Get well soon!
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Old 16th Jul 2017, 19:52   #4 (permalink)
 
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All the best and a speedy recovery.
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Old 16th Jul 2017, 20:45   #5 (permalink)
 
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Not a Teal, it was a Lake.

Two badly hurt in floatplane crash near Orillia, Ontario

Info available on a well known Canadian aviation forum. Search for "Lake St. John accident".
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Old 16th Jul 2017, 21:01   #6 (permalink)
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Best wishes for a rapid return to full health and hope we see you here on PPRuNe shortly.
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Old 16th Jul 2017, 22:15   #7 (permalink)
 
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Very sad news. I've met Pilot_DAR and regular readers will not be surprised to know that he is just as nice, and informative about aviation, in person, as his PPRuNe posts would suggest.

Wishing him a speedy recovery.
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Old 16th Jul 2017, 23:11   #8 (permalink)
 
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Serious injuries the news says, not good. Wishing you all the best for a speedy recovery DAR, and you're back where you belong in short order - in the air, and rapping we miscreants on PPRuNe over the knuckles.
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Old 16th Jul 2017, 23:36   #9 (permalink)
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I agree, latest news says it's the Lakes.

A Canadian bulletin board says that he's now had two operations, and recovery is unfortunately likely to be slow. My thoughts are very much with him and his family - he's a friend, and a very good pilot and test pilot for whom I have a great deal of regard. That he is so highly regarded in Canada, hopefully does mean that the community there will be actively supporting him, and rightly so.

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Old 19th Jul 2017, 06:42   #10 (permalink)
 
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Wishing him a speedy recovery.
Likewise.
Get well soon DAR, we need you here.
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Old 19th Jul 2017, 07:35   #11 (permalink)
 
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I agree, latest news says it's the Lakes.
Genghis I expect better of you. A Lakes is a biplane, this is a Lake.

Anyway, I too wish DAR a speedy recovery. I like his take on things.
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Old 21st Jul 2017, 05:47   #12 (permalink)
 
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CTV News video of the aircraft recovery:

Crashed plane retrieved from lake | CTV Barrie News
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Old 21st Jul 2017, 10:41   #13 (permalink)
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I've just heard directly from DAR.

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I'm just touching the tech a little . I'll be in hospital until fall - good care, and I need it! Please have PPRuNe towers email me, otherwise corrsponance a problem for me
Somebody still on the admin team - perhaps you could pass this on to Towers.

Needless to say I've passed on everybody's good wishes.

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Old 21st Jul 2017, 20:37   #14 (permalink)
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Got it, thanks, best wishes to DAR and thanks for the update.
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Old 21st Jul 2017, 22:57   #15 (permalink)
 
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Looking at the latest video of the recovery I'm shocked at the heavy damage to the front end.

If that occurred during the impact I'm amazed but delighted they survived.
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Get well soon DAR
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Old 22nd Jul 2017, 08:45   #17 (permalink)
 
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Dreadful news: very best wishes for a speedy recovery!
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