Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2004 Issue

June 27, 2004, Deep River, Conn. / Lake LA-250

At about 0815 Eastern time, the amphibian was substantially damaged during a water landing. The Private pilot received minor injuries; no one else was aboard. After a normal approach, the pilot leveled the airplane several feet above the water to bleed off airspeed, and noted that the water surface was “rippled.” When he attempted to land, the hull of the airplane touched the water, and the airplane bounced. Just before a second touchdown, “the nose veered to the left” and the airplane touched down at an angle relative to the direction of flight. To the pilot’s best recollection, the right wingtip caught the water, and the airplane flipped, landing upside down with the nose pointing in a dir...

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