NTSB Identification: SEA85LA108.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27954.
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 07, 1985 in KETCHIKAN, AK
Aircraft: CESSNA 185, registration: N5313Y
Injuries: 3 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.

AFTER DEPARTURE THE PLT STATED HE SELECTED GEAR UP. HE STATED THAT THE GEAR INDICATOR LIGHTS INDICATED THAT ONE GEAR AS STILL IN THE DOWN POSITION. HE SAID HE RECYLCLED THE GEAR AND THEN CHECKED THE GEAR INDICATOR BLUBS. THE PILOT SAID HE THEN HAND PUMPED THE GEAR UNTIL HE BELIEVED THE GEAR TO THE BE IN THE UP POSITION. THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN ON THE WATER AND THEN NOSED OVER AS THE GEAR WAS STILL DOWN. THE FLOAT PLATE WAS FOUND TO BE INSTALLED BACKWARDS. FAA INSPECTORS TALKED TO FOUR WITNESSES WHO SAID THAT ALL GEAR WAS IN THE DOWN POSITION. THE LEFT GEAR CAN BE CHECKED VISUALLY FROM THE COCKPIT.

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

WHEELS DOWN LANDING IN WATER..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT UNDERSTOOD..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CHECKLIST..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MAINTENANCE,MODIFICATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER,GLASSY


Contributing Factors

WINDOW,INSPECTION/OBSERVATION..LACK OF

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