Aug. 17, Pensacola, Fla. / Lake Buccaneer


At about 17:45 central time, a Lake LA-4 seaplane crashed during a touch-and-go landing on the Perdido River near Pensacola. The CFI and the pilot receiving instruction were seriously injured. The pilot said he and the CFI had been conducting takeoffs and landings from the Perdido River in preparation for his seaplane rating. On the last touchdown, the seaplane bounced and he was recovering when the airplane got too close to a spoil island in the river. The CFI took control and started a left turn to avoid a collision but the right wing struck a tree.


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