According to the pilot, he was performing both water and pavement touch-and-go landings in his amphibious Piper PA-18A-150 in Gunthersville, Ala.
On final approach for a water landing, he observed a jet ski come out of a slew area and his attention was drawn to it.
Upon landing, “I found myself inverted,” he reported.
FAA inspectors responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. The landing gear and the cockpit-mounted landing gear switch were found in the down (extended) positions. A cockpit placard was installed that stated “DO NOT LAND ON WATER UNLESS GEAR IS FULLY RETRACTED.”
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s failure to retract the landing gear wheels prior to a water landing, resulting in a nose over upon touchdown.
NTSB Identification: ERA14CA431
This September 2014 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.