NTSB Identification: SEA89LA106.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 40213.
Accident occurred Monday, June 12, 1989 in LONGBRANCH, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/22/1990
Aircraft: TAYLORCRAFT BC-12D, registration: N39976
Injuries: 1 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.

WHILE PRACTICING WATER LANDINGS FOR HIS INITIAL FLOATPLANE RATING, THE RECENTLY CERTIFIED PRIVATE PILOT LOST CONTROL AFTER TOUCHDOWN ON WATER, AND THE AIRCRAFT NOSED OVER. THE PILOT REPORTED HE ATTEMPTED TO LAND TO THE SOUTH AND A WX OBSERVATION FOR THE AREA LISTED THE WINDS FROM THE NORTHEAST.

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

THE POOR IN-FLIGHT DECISION BY THE PILOT TO LAND ON WATER, DOWNWIND. HIS FAILURE TO COMPENSATE FOR THE WIND CONDITIONS RESULTED IN A LOSS OF CONTROL AND NOSE OVER OF THE AIRPLANE.

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