1/21/2011 Aircraft Accident

CONTACT OFFICER: Sgt. Campbell                                                         CASE # 11-2210



BY: Sgt. Campbell

DATE/TIME: 1-21-11 1225 hrs

CRIME/INCIDENT: Aircraft Accident

LOCATION: Lake Shasta- west of Bridge Bay Resort

VICTIM(S): Stephen Lantz, 70 Years, from Carson City NV

Thomas Giles, 72 Years, from Anderson CA

Douglas McLain, 70 Years, From Redding CA


SYNOPSIS: On the above date and time, Stephen Lantz was attempting to land his 4 seat Republic SeaBee Sea Plane in the area of Bridge Bay on Lake Shasta. Lantz landed on the water but struck some debris with the right wing pontoon of the plane. This caused the planes right wing to dip under water and the plan to spin. Lantz and his two passengers, Giles and McLain, were able to get out of the plane when it came to a stop. The plan then flipped over and partially submerged after all three subjects had already exited. Bridge Bay employees were quickly on the scene and all three subjects were rescued from the water.

None of the victims were injured in the accident. The Sea Plane was towed to Bridge Bay by the US Forest Service.

Lantz and his two passengers had taken off from Benton Airpark prior to the landing on Lake Shasta.

The accident is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety Unit, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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