NTSB Identification: SEA85LA148.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28446.
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 25, 1985 in BELLEVUE, WA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N16688
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.

THE PLT REPORTED THAT DURING THE PRE-FLT CHECK, SHE NEGLECTED TO UNTIE THE REAR SEAT BELT FROM THE AFT CONTROL STICK. STANDARD PROCEDURE FOR TAXI & TAKEOFF IN THIS FLOAT PLANE WAS TO KEEP THE STICK FULL AFT. SINCE THE ACFT WAS LOW ON FUEL & WAS TAKING OFF IN A HEADWIND, IT LIFTED OFF EARLY. AT THAT TIME, THE PLT 'TRIED TO MOVE THE STICK FORWARD AND FOUND IT LOCKED.' SHE RETARDED THE POWER AT ABOUT 50 FT ABOVE THE WATER. THE ACFT THEN NOSED DOWN & HIT THE WATER. THE PLT WAS WEARING A SPECIAL SAFETY HARNESS & WAS NOT INJURED. SHE STATED THAT HER PREFLT WAS TOO CASUAL. SHE RECOMMENDED BEING METHODICAL & USING A CHECK LIST.

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

FLT CONTROL SYST,ELEVATOR CONTROL..MOVEMENT RESTRICTED

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND



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