Cessna 180H C-FCDQ

At take-off from Tyaughton Lake, BC there were 3 persons on board for a photography flight.  The aircraft was climbing through approximately 300 feet shortly after takeoff, the instructor pilot, who was seated in the back left seat, observed fuel leaking from the left wing. The instructor pilot informed the pilot flying about the fuel leak, and instructed to turn back and land on the lake. The pilot flying reduced the airspeed and initiated right turn. Shortly after the turn was initiated, control of the aircraft was lost and the aircraft impacted the surface of the lake. The aircraft came to rest inverted in water, approximately 10 to 15 feet deep, and 50 feet from the shore of the lake.  Considerable structural damage, very little to salvage - tail and feathers ok, engine very badly damaged (not preserved or drained of water, likely seized) - seats ok - Wings, floats and fuselage scrap

Details
  • Model 180H
  • Serial # 180 52166
  • Reg C-FCDQ
  • Year 1970
  • Manufacturer Cessna
  • Airframe 17738
  • Date of Last Flight Aug 2018
  • Engine Manufacturer Continental
  • Engine Model O-470R
  • Propeller Manufacturer McCauley
  • Propeller Model 2A34C203-C
  • Prop Strike Yes

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