ICON A5 Down – Lake Berryessa – Two Employees Killed
ICON Aircraft has lost two employees together with another airframe with Monday’s crash at Lake Berryessa. The crash occurred shortly after 9 a.m. next to Little Portuguese Cove at the eastern end of Lake Berryessa between Pleasure Cove Marina and Markley Cove Resort. Jon Murray Karkow, 55, was the pilot and Cagri Sever, 41, was his passenger.
This was a devastating personal loss for many of us. Once arrangements have been made with all the families involved we will let you know more. Please hold your calls and requests for a brief period while we work through this tragic event with the family members and employees. The thoughts and prayers of our entire organization are with the families of both people onboard, they were both truly amazing individuals.”
Second Incident In 2017
This has been ICON’s second lost air-frame this year, back on April 1, an A5 experienced a very hard landing leaving its two occupants wet but uninjured. During this episode, ICON was rather quick to point out that the reason for the incident was pilot error, drawing a flurry of comments from its Facebook fans and followers.
In May of 2016 the company had laid off employees to scale back production amid heavy backlash from customers to its revised purchase agreements. The 40 page document which was later corrected again aimed to limit liability severely, in comparison with other aircraft manufacturers.