NTSB Identification: ANC92LA163.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 48037.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 15, 1992 in WASILLA, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/28/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-20, registration: N7096K
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.

DURING TAKEOFF THE FLOATPLANE WOULD CLIMB NO HIGHER THAN 5 TO 10 FEET ABOVE THE WATER. THE PILOT CUT THE THROTTLE AND THE AIRPLANE LANDED HARD IN A SMALL POND LIKE MARSHY AREA JUST PAST THE LAKE FROM WHERE THE AIRPLANE DEPARTED. THE PILOT DID NOT HOLD A SEAPLANE RATING. THE PILOT SAID THE AIRPLANE WAS LOADED TO WITHIN ABOUT 50 POUNDS OF ITS MAXIMUM CERTIFICATED GROSS WEIGHT. THE PILOT AND A WITNESS SAID IT WAS A HOT DAY AND THERE WAS NO WIND.

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

THE PILOT'S IMPROPER PREFLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION, AND HIS DELAYED ABORTED TAKEOFF. CONTRIBUTING WAS THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO USE THE AIRPLANE PERFORMANCE DATA.

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