Redmond man crashes plane in Lake Sammamish, again
March 8, 2013
By Ari Cetron
86-year old wasn’t seriously injured when float plane crashed on takeoff
New: March 8, 2:42 p.m.
It doesn’t always end in crashes. When Redmond resident Paul Weston crashed his experimental plane in Lake Sammamish March 4, there was a bit of deja vu. Weston, who was not seriously injured, had crashed the same plane in about the same spot in the lake in June 2009.
This time around, the problem was the weather. Drawn out by a sunny day in March, conditions were still windy. The float plane – it has no landing gear and can only take off and land on water – was unable to achieve liftoff due to the water conditions, Weston said.
“It was just too choppy,” he said, sporting makeshift bandages made of wadded up paper towels and white electrical tape.
As the 86-year-old was trying to take off, the nose of the plane lifted up and one of the wings clipped the water, causing the plane to spin. Weston was able to taxi the plan back to shore at Vasa Park in Bellevue – the same location he used in 2009.
Weston said he’s a hobbyist who designed the fiberglass, single-seat aircraft himself. He said he built it in his garage. Other than the two crashes, he said he logged about 86 hours of flight time in the plane.
Weston and a few helpers disassembled the plane and loaded it onto a trailer to bring back to his house.
Police notified the Federal Aviation Administration, as is standard in these cases, said Sgt. Cindy West of the King County Sheriff’s Office.
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