NTSB Identification: ERA10LA085
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, November 29, 2009 in Sanibel Island, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/07/2011
Aircraft: Tail Feather LLC Sea Rey, registration: N969TF
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 was flying about 100 feet above the surface of the water, 300 to 400 feet offshore. As he entered a 180-degree turn he forgot to add power and the airplane lost 70 feet of altitude. The pilot then completed the turn about 30 feet above the water and at 40 miles per hour airspeed, and felt that “adding power did not seem appropriate” as he was “heading toward the beach with people everywhere.” The pilot then elected to allow the airplane to stall and crash into the water. A wreckage examination was conducted by the responding Federal Aviation Administration inspector who found no prexisting mechanical abnormalities or failures with the airplane.

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

The pilot’s failure to add power during a low-level turn, which resulted in a loss of airspeed and a subsequent stall.

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