NTSB Identification: CEN09CA357
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 14, 2009 in Garrison, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/10/2009
Aircraft: AVIAT A1, registration: N190BA
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that he attempted to land the float-equipped airplane on a lake with “glassy water” conditions. He made an approach to the lake where he could use the shoreline as a reference, and where some ripples on the surface of the lake made it possible for him to attempt a normal water landing. He reported that he “apparently” flew over the ripples. The nose of the right float hit the water first and the airplane started to porpoise. He pulled the nose up and added power to perform a go-around. He reported, “I believe the impact broke the right hand flying wires as the left wing dropped and that combined with the “P” factor turned the aircraft about 60 degrees to the left.” The airplane was approaching the shoreline so he cut the power. The airplane landed on the water and slid up the embankment with both wings impacting trees.

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

The pilot's improper flare, which resulted in a hard landing on the water and subsequent loss of control.

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