NTSB Identification: SEA02LA032.
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Accident occurred Sunday, January 27, 2002 in Eagle Point, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/03/2002
Aircraft: Piper PA-18-150, registration: N4379Z
Injuries: 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 pilot reported that after takeoff from a private airstrip in the amphibian aircraft, he forgot to retract the landing gear before touching down on the river. The bow of the floats dug into the water and the aircraft nosed over. After the aircraft was recovered, it was noted that the nose wheels on the bow of the floats were broken off. The pilot reported no mechanical failures or malfunctions with the aircraft at the time of the accident.

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

The pilot inadvertently failed to retract the landing gear for the water landing and the aircraft nosed over.

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