NTSB Identification: IAD98LA102.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, August 25, 1998 in WESTPORT, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/07/2000
Aircraft: Cessna 185, registration: N114LS
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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Upon arriving at the Westport River, the flight instructor directed the pilot to perform a power off landing (simulated engine failure). When it became apparent that the airplane was not going to reach the intended point of landing, a turn to the north was initiated to set up an approach for landing, 'a little quick and with a tailwind.' The airplane impacted the water, and the flight instructor initiated full power to go around, but was unable to maintain control. The airplane impacted the water a second time, cartwheeled, and came to rest inverted in the water. Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration Inspector revealed no pre-impact malfunctions of the flight controls.

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

The flight instructor's failure to maintain control of the airplane and his delayed decision to go-around. Factors related to the accident were the flight instructor's improper inflight decision to land downwind and his inadequate compensation for wind.

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