NTSB Identification: MIA84LA185.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24372.
Accident occurred Thursday, June 14, 1984 in KET LARGO, FL
Aircraft: LAKE 250, registration: N1400X
Injuries: 4 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.
AS THE PLT WAS APPROACHING TO LAND IN THE OPEN OCEAN NEAR KEY LARGO, FL, A BIG WAVE APPEARED. THE PLT PULLED THE NOSE OF THE ACFT UP & ADDED POWER. HOWEVER, THE ACFT IMPACTED THE WAVE CREST & WAS CATIPULTED UPWARD IN A NOSE HIGH ATTITUDE. IT THEN CAME DOWN ON THE LEFT WING WHICH SEPARATED FROM THE ACFT. THE ACFT SANK IN 12 FT OF WATER AFTER FLOATING ABOUT 35 MINUTES. THE PLT REPORTED THAT THE WIND SEEMED TO BE LIGHT & VARIABLE. HE ESTIMATED THAT THE WAVES WERE 1 TO 1-1/2 FT HIGH, EXCEPT FOR THE WAVE OR SWELL THAT THE ACFT HIT.
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
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