Sunday, June 12, 2016

Consolidated Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneer, N1244L: Accident occurred June 12, 2016 in Greers Ferry, Cleburne County, Arkansas

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Little Rock FSDO-11

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA310
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 12, 2016 in Greers Ferry, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/2016
Aircraft: CONSOLIDATED AERONAUTICS INC. LAKE LA 4, registration: N1244L
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 of the amphibious airplane reported that during the 4th water landing of the flight, during touchdown, "the nose pitched down aggressively" and the airplane nosed over. The pilot further reported that he and the passenger were able to perform an emergency evacuation before the airplane sank. The fuselage sustained substantial damage.

During a postaccident interview with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the pilot reported that boat wake developed in the landing area and the nose of the airplane "may have been a little low" during the landing. 

According to a police report, the passenger reported that "we misjudged the wave and the plane flipped onto its back." 

The pilot did not report any 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 amphibious airplane pilot's incorrect pitch attitude during landing on choppy water, which resulted in a nose over, and substantial damage to the fuselage.

According to emergency crews, the plane went down near Greers Ferry Lake.

The two people on board were sent to the hospital with minor injuries.

The exact cause of the crash has not been released.

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