January 07, 2008
Davies stated the investigation looked at whether there were enough seats and seat belts for all the passengers and whether the weather conditions were adequate for safe flight. Davies said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) notified SeaWind by letter dated November 26, 2007 that the investigation had not "established any violations of the Federal Aviation Regulation, and the matter is closed."
SeaWind Aviation had completed, prior to the accident, modifications of its DeHavilland Beaver to include two extra seats, and windows, with a seat belt for each additional seat stated Davies. This modification was approved by the FAA. That made a total of nine seats (including the pilot seat) with seat belts, however it was rare that there were that many people on the aircraft. Because two of the passengers on the accident flight were small children, the gross weight was well within the weight limit allowed by the approved modifications said Davies.
SeaWind Aviation is continuing to work with the NTSB, and, hopefully, will hear a report soon, according to SeaWind Aviation spokesperson, Jack Davies.
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