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NTSB Identification: GAA18CA212
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 06, 2018 in Welaka, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/24/2018
Aircraft: SASSER ALLEN L SEAREY, registration: N124AL
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.

According to the pilot in the experimental, amateur-built, amphibious airplane, during a water landing he “decided that the nose was slightly high.” He applied forward pressure on the control stick, the nose pitched down, and the airplane nosed over.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the forward right-wing lift strut and windshield.
The pilot noted that he had accumulated 3.8 hours of flight time in the accident airplane make and model. He asserted that more pilot training in the airplane make and model could have prevented the accident.
The pilot held a Federal Aviation Administration private pilot certificate with an airplane single-engine land rating. He did not possess an airplane single-engine sea rating.
The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot’s incorrect pitch input during a water landing, which resulted in a nose-over. Contributing to the accident were the pilot’s inadequate training and experience in the make and model airplane.