NTSB Identification: SEA99LA161.
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Accident occurred Friday, September 10, 1999 in KEIZER, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/02/2000
Aircraft: Wild Goose A1, registration: N3451
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 reported that during the cruise climb, the engine suddenly experienced a short roughness and partial power loss. The engine then regained full power, followed by a complete power loss. The pilot was unable to restart the engine and a forced landing was initiated to an open field. As the aircraft continued to descend, the pilot realized that he would not make the field and diverted to the river. The pilot had been utilizing the amphibian aircraft as a land plane and had not retracted the landing gear after departure. There was not enough time to hand crank the landing gear up. Therefore, the aircraft landed with the gear extended. During the landing on the water, the aircraft nosed over. Post-crash inspection of the engine found a loose fuel line fitting to the fuel pump.

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

A loose fuel line fitting resulted in a loss of engine power. An intentional wheels down landing was a factor.

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