NTSB Identification: BFO94LA151.
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Accident occurred Thursday, August 25, 1994 in NANTUCKET, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/27/1995
Aircraft: GRUMMAN G-44, registration: N1471N
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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During takeoff, with the airplane 'on the step,' the pilot saw a swell coming towards the airplane from the left. The pilot stated that before he could reduce the power, the airplane veered to the right. He stated aileron input did not seem to upright the airplane so he then reduced the power. He stated the airplane impacted the water on the left side of its nose and then nosed over. Post accident examination of airframe and engines did not reveal any anomalies.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN AIRCRAFT CONTROL. A FACTOR IN THE ACCIDENT WAS THE ROUGH WATER.

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