NTSB Identification: LAX96LA100.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, December 27, 1995 in FOLSOM LAKE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/04/1995
Aircraft: Lake LA-4-200, registration: N5LY
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The student was practicing a confined area takeoff and initiated a turn to the right when the aircraft began skidding to the outside of the turn. The instructor applied right rudder, right aileron, and reduced the power to idle. As power was reduced, the aircraft suddenly came down off the step and settled into the water. The instructor saw the left wing tip descend into the water, and he responded by adding full power and leveling the wings. As power was added, the aircraft accelerated and lifted off. After becoming airborne, the instructor surveyed the damage and decided to return to airport. A landing was made without further incident. Substantial damage to the left wing was discovered during maintenance inspection.

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

the flight instructor's inadequate supervision of the dual student and improper remedial action. A factor relating to the accident was: failure of the student pilot to maintain directional control.

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