NTSB Identification: NYC83FNC03.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21064.
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 25, 1983 in VINALHAVEN, ME
Aircraft: LAKE LA-4-200, registration: N5015L
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE ACFT CRASHED FOLLOWING A WATER TAKEOFF FROM A SMALL LAKE. THE PILOT AND WITNESSES STATED THAT FOR APPROXIMATELY TWO HOURS BEFORE DEPARTURE AN ATTEMPT WAS MADE TO REMOVE WATER FROM THE TAIL SECTION OF THE ACFT. THE WATER HAD ACCUMULATED DUE TO A MISSING REAR PLUG IN THE FUSELAGE. WITNESSES STATED THAT AFTER SEVERAL UNSUCCESSFUL TAKEOFF ATTEMPTS THE ACFT TOOKOFF BUT CLIMBED SLOWLY AND APPEARED TO BE OUT OF CONTROL. THE PILOT STATED THAT AFTER TAKEOFF HE COULD NOT LOWER THE NOSE OR MAINTAIN AIRSPEED.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT WEIGHT AND BALANCE..NOT CORRECTED..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:

STALL..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FUSELAGE..WATER

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