float·​plane | \ ˈflōt-ˌplān How to pronounce floatplane (audio) \

Definition of floatplane

: a seaplane supported on the water by one or more floats

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The others who were on the floatplane appear to have non-life-threatening injuries, troopers said. Rachel D'oro, USA TODAY, "Maryland man dead, 4 injured after Alaska floatplane's takeoff was aborted, officials say," 21 July 2019 The others who were on the floatplane appear to have non-life-threatening injuries, troopers said. Rachel D'oro, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland man is killed, one of his three children is critically injured after Alaska floatplane is aborted on takeoff," 20 July 2019 The plant often hitches rides on boat propellers, in bilge water and on floatplane floats. Author: Elizabeth Earl, Anchorage Daily News, "Invasive elodea prompts closure of Susitna Valley lakes," 20 June 2019 Tordrillo Mountain Lodge Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, a former hunting and fishing lodge on Judd Lake, an area only accessible via a 40-minute floatplane flight from Anchorage, is also banking on filling their rooms with adventurers. Ashley Mateo, Town & Country, "Explore the Last Frontier of Luxury Travel In the U.S.: Alaska," 23 Aug. 2019 At least 8 people were killed in May when three floatplanes crashed in Alaska with cruise line tourists on board. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Coast guard investigates death of woman who plunged from cruise ship," 13 Aug. 2019 These 14 mostly uninhabited islands are about 25 miles northwest of Juneau and can be reached by floatplane or boat. Peter Kujawinski, New York Times, "Rich in Surprises and Secrets, There’s a State Park Waiting for You," 29 July 2019 One man is dead and another child was critically injured after a floatplane in Alaska crashed Friday immediately after takeoff. Fox News, "Floatplane crash in Alaska leaves one person dead, child critically injured, officials say," 21 July 2019 Federal investigators say a surviving passenger of a deadly floatplane crash in Alaska reported that the aircraft nosed over abruptly after hitting a swell or wave during takeoff, causing the cabin to quickly fill with water. baltimoresun.com, "Report: Floatplane in Alaska crash that killed Annapolis businessman hit swell or wave," 1 Aug. 2019

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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