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Chalk’s Seaplane Crash in Key West Harbor

A Chalk’s Airline Grumman Mallard G-73T crashed in Key West Harbor. The pilots had flown the seaplane from Miami to Key West on a commercial flight and had left it in the harbor for about an hour. During the next takeoff, the seaplane lifted off the water normally. However, when the pilots raised the nose to climb, the nose of the aircraft continued to rise to an almost vertical position. The aircraft stalled, then crashed into the harbor killing both pilots.

The issues that we were involved with in this investigation and litigation included the following:

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