As long as man will fly, or in any other way wants to leave the
ground at the mercy of 'Gravity', there will
be a risk involved. Serious accidents are always tragic for the people
involved. However, it is still widely agreed that
air travel is one of the safest forms of travel...
Seabee pilots have not been spared for accidents.
The most common type of accident in amphibian aircraft is landing with
landing gear in wrong position. Landing with gear up on land
normally will leave no other damage than some skid marks on the grass or
runway and some paint removed from the hull... However, landing
'gear down' on water will be more dramatic, and in most cases the
amphibian will flip over on her back and sink. It is a great tribute to the sturdy design of the Seabee that
survival rates for such accidents are very good.
author will welcome any additional accident information and photos from
the visitors to this web-site. Any safety tips and reminders for avoiding
accidents are most welcome too - and will be published here at your
approval. Your recommendations for the safe operation of Seabees
are wanted too! Please e-mail.