NTSB Identification: MIA98LA014.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, October 29, 1997 in MIAMI, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/04/1998
Aircraft: Aerofab Inc. LAKE LA-250, registration: N85HG
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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

The pilot stated that his engine was running rough and losing power. He made a forced landing in water about 3 miles south of the shoreline. The pilot said that after the airplane touched down in the water, he began water taxing towards land. He further said that because darkness was near, he step-taxied toward land to arrive sooner. Due to insufficient power and fading light, he discontinued the step taxi. At some point during the taxi, one wing began riding lower than the other until the wing was wet, and the taxi speed became slower. Eventually, he reached land, where he moored the airplane. The pilot noted that the left break away sponson-pontoon broke away, and the airplane also sustained damage from the dock. The pilot had the airplane towed to a maintenance facility were the engine was examined. No reason was found for the loss of engine power.

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

loss of engine power for an undetermined reason(s), which resulted in a forced landing and subsequent encounter with rough water.

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