NTSB Identification: NYC87LA212.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35902.
Accident occurred Friday, July 31, 1987 in WESTPORT, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1989
Aircraft: LAKE LA-4-250, registration: N14037
Injuries: 1 Serious,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.

DRG THE TAKEOFF RUN ON A LAKE, THE AMPHIBIAN ENCTRD ROUGH WATER & BECAME AIRBORNE PREMATURELY. THE ACFT THEN SETTLED ONTO THE WATER IN A SLIGHTLY NOSE HIGH ATTITUDE & TOUCHED DOWN IN FRONT OF A LARGE WAVE. THE ACFT'S NOSE CRASHED HEAD-ON INTO THE WAVE WHICH ALMOST BROUGHT THE PLANE TO A COMPLETE STOP. WITHIN SECONDS, THE NOSE SANK & THE ACFT BECAME INVERTED. THE OCCUPANTS EXITED THRU A WINDOW THAT HAD COME OUT DRG IMPACT. THE ACFT CONTD TO FLOAT, ALTHOUGH THE CABIN AREA WAS COMPLETELY SUBMERGED.

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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LIFT-OFF..PREMATURE

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

STALL/MUSH..INADVERTENT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER,ROUGH


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER,ROUGH

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