Friday Retention Pond Landing - TGIF! (Thank God It Floats!)

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Friday Retention Pond Landing - TGIF! (Thank God It Floats!)

Postby MerlinFAC » Fri Oct 14, 2011 3:30 pm

He alllllmost made it to the runway... great job in keeping a level head and making a great "small-pond" landing! This happened today in Rockledge, FL ... between Melbourne and Cocoa. Having floats in Florida is a good thing, there are several landable bodies of water per mile around here!


Small amphibious aircraft makes safe landing in Rockledge retention pond
2:13 PM, Oct. 14, 2011

A blue and white Challenger 2 sport aircraft made an emergency landing into a retention pond just after 11 a.m. today in the Wingate subdivision just east of Murrell Road in Rockledge.

Pilot Bill Chepolis said his engine began to lose power and he was trying to make and emergency landing at Rockledge Airpark, but instead was forced to land the amphibious aircraft into a retention pond about 800 yards from the airpark's runway.

Chepolis was uninjured and the plane suffered no damage.

He said he began his flight this morning from Merritt Island when he began to encounter a loss of power

Chepolis said he uses the two-seat plane so his wife can take nature photographs.

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