NTSB Identification: FTW85LA342.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29054.
Accident occurred Thursday, September 05, 1985 in PORT SULPHUR, LA
Aircraft: CESSNA A185F, registration: N5513E
Injuries: 1 Minor,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 PLT STATED HE INITIATED HIS WATER TAKEOFF RUN ON A CANAL WHICH HAD A LEFT BEND. WHEN HE ROUNDED THE BEND HE OBSERVED A 15-20 FOOT HIGH PILING (POST) IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CANAL AND A PENINSULA OF LAND ABOUT 300 YARDS BEYOND THE PILING. HE STEERED TO THE RIGHT OF THE PILING AND CONTINUED THE TAKEOFF RUN ROTATING FOR TAKEOFF WITHIN 50 FT OF THE PENINSULA. THE NOSE LIFTED, HOWEVER, THE REAR END OF THE ACFT'S FLOATS CONTACTED THE GROUND AND PITCHED THE NOSE TO A DOWNWARD POSITION. THE ACFT THEN FLIPPED INVERTED AND STOPPED.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..NOT IDENTIFIED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT

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