Landing an ultralight in the water, without floats, what happens when you have to do an emergency landing into the water without floats.

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Landing an ultralight in the water without floats.

This is what happens if you dont put floats on your Microlight Na, walk away landing after engine-out on take off. The aircraft was a New Zealand made Bantam B22
See'ya Peter White
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Last week one of our Flash 2 Alphas took a swim in the Baltic sea just outside of Stockholm.

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"I was over flying my summer house which is on a small island about 1 km from the mainland. I was orbiting at about 1000 feet when the engine began to loose power. I changed from the back to the under seat tank but was unable to gain an increase in  r.p.m.  I did not have sufficient height to glide to the mainland or time to get a hand under the back seat and pump the primer so a ditching was the only option.
Landing an ultralight in the water, without floats, what happens when you have to do an emergency landing into the water without floats.The island my summer house stands upon is all tree and rocks, so I decided that the water option was better than a treetop landing.

I flew towards the shore in order to land in the shallowest water possible and released my seat belt and my intercom lead. As an after- thought I plugged the intercom lead back in with the intention of calling a PAN but in the ensuring landing forgot about the emergency call.

I performed a "normal landing approach and flare" and settled gently onto the surface back wheels first. A large bow wave built up and acted as an "air cushion" and I was not thrown forward into the front strut. The trike slewed over to the right, the right wingtip contacted the water and the aircraft began to sink very quickly in an engine first, back down attitude. I tried to exit the aircraft but was trapped between the seat frame and the training bars mounted on the uprights.

The aircraft sunk and settled gently onto the bottom at about three metres depth and suddenly the wing moved forward allowing me to exit the aircraft. I swam to the surface and was stopped by the headset lead about 30 cms under the surface and had to use considerable force to break the cable.

Time under water was about a minute and was very close to the limit of my endurance. I did not panic during the exit procedure but was very disorientated under water as to what was up and down and which way to !
swim in order to avoid becoming tangled in the rigging wires.

I was picked up immediately by a pleasure boat and taken to land. I spend a night in hospital for observation as I swallowed a lot of water. I was discharged the next morning with a clean bill of health.

When asked "What will you do next time it happens, jump or stay?" he replied;

"I think that I would sit sideways on the seat with my feet outside of the pod and fly the machine down to a couple of meters off of the surface. I would then jump out to the side using the drag links as a "springboard". I would prefer this method as I would be extremely concerned about being trapped in the aircraft under water and drowning"

Moral of the story???

Do not fly over water if you do not have a suitable landing field within gliding distance, but then you all knew that!!!!
Look before you leap.

Cause of engine failure: Crap in one of the fuel pump valves.

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