NTSB Identification: ANC96IA039.
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Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Incident occurred Friday, March 29, 1996 in ANGOON, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/25/1996
Aircraft: Helio H295, registration: N5462E
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.

The pilot reported he was taking off from water in gusty wind conditions. Shortly after becoming airborne, at an estimated altitude of 15 feet, he said a gust of wing caused him to lose control of the airplane and collide with the water. The airplane's right float was damaged, and begin sinking. The pilot and passenger remained on top of the left float until rescued. The airplane sank soon after they were rescued.

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

the pilot's inadequate compensation for the gusty wind conditions. A factor associated with the accident was the gusty wind conditions.

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