NTSB Identification: DFW07LA120.
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Accident occurred Thursday, May 24, 2007 in Leeville, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/25/2007
Aircraft: Cessna U206G, registration: N45WT
Injuries: 1 Fatal,3 Uninjured.
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The single-engine floatplane collided with a power boat during a water takeoff. The floatplane was departing a privately owned water strip located on a waterway, when an 18 foot powerboat entered the waterway from an intersecting canal and crossed ahead of the floatplane's take-off path. The powerboat then executed a U-turn in front of the aircraft. The 12,911 hour airline transport pilot attempted to avoid the powerboat by attempting to take-off prematurely in order to avoid impacting the powerboat. One of the passenger witnesses stated that they were up to very close take-off speed when he saw the boat approaching at a high rate of speed from the canal. Another passenger stated that he heard a statement from the front passenger "do you have the boat?" and the pilot replied "He's turning into us!" The amphibian float impacted the boat causing the floatplane to nose-over as it impacted the water. A witness, who was standing on the shore, observed the floatplane preparing for takeoff and observed the powerboat execute a 180-degree turn in front of the floatplane. The floatplane sustained structural damage and came to rest partly submerged. The sole occupant of the boat was fatally injured.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The failure of the operator of the powerboat to maintain separation from the departing floatplane. Full narrative available
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