NTSB Identification: SEA89LA063.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38535.
Accident occurred Friday, March 31, 1989 in SITKA, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/12/1990
Aircraft: BELLANCA 7GCBC, registration: N9182L
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 CONTINUED ON-THE-STEP TAXI FOR TAKEOFF ON CHOPPY WATER THRU A LARGE BOAT WAKE. THE WAKE, COMBINED WITH A GUST OF WIND, LIFTED THE LEFT WING OF THE AIRCRAFT. THE AIRCRAFT THEN BECAME AIRBORNE ABOUT 10 FEET AGL. THE AIRCRAFT ROLLED TO THE RIGHT AND THE RIGHT WING CONTACTED THE WATER.

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

THE PILOT'S CONTINUING THE TAKEOFF DESPITE THE LARGE BOAT WAKE AND GUSTING WIND. A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR WAS THE PILOT'S LOW FLIGHT TIME IN THIS TYPE OF AIRCRAFT.

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