NTSB Identification: NYC91LA184.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 44044.
Accident occurred Saturday, July 20, 1991 in EAGLE LAKE, ME
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-11, registration: N4504M
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 AIRPLANE WAS MAKING TOUCH AND GO LANDINGS ON A LAKE. THE PILOT SAID HE WAS MAKING A SLIGHT BANK CORRECTION, WHEN THE LEFT FLOAT DRAGGED IN THE WATER. THE AIRPLANE CARTWHEELED AND SANK IN 130 FEET OF WATER. THE PILOT SAID HIS DEPTH PERCEPTION WAS POOR, BECAUSE OF 'GLASSY WATER' CONDITIONS.

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

THE PILOT'S MISJUDGMENT OF HIS ALTITUDE DURING A LANDING ON GLASSY WATER, WHICH RESULTED IN A LOSS OF AIRPLANE CONTROL.

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