NTSB Identification: MIA02LA092.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, April 30, 2002 in Headland, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/16/2003
Aircraft: Lake LA-4-200, registration: N3121P
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.

According to the pilot, shortly after takeoff on runway 17, he retracted the landing gear, and noted that the airplane "did not continue to climb." He turned away from a populated area, and headed back towards the airport. He stated that the airplane "did not appear to be developing adequate power and was descending. The pilot elected to keep the landing gear up and land in a soft plowed field, about 500 yards southeast of the airport. Upon touchdown the airplane's left float separated, and the left wing impacted with the ground. After the accident a test run on the engine revealed that the engine was run to 2600 RPM, and no discrepancies were found.

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

a loss of engine power for undetermined reason resulting in damage to the airplane during the subsequent forced landing.

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