Aircraft: Sportsman 2+2. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Kimerling, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The float-equipped airplane was observed flying low over the lake, then appeared to make an attempt to land on the water.
Witnesses said the engine sounded as if it was operating normally but that the airplane never leveled off before it touched down. The airplane hit the water, cart-wheeled, and came to rest upside down.
Examination of the airplane revealed that the landing gear was in the fully retracted position, consistent with a water landing configuration. There were no mechanical deficiencies that would have precluded normal operation of the airplane.
Probable cause: The pilot’s inadequate flare, which resulted in the airplane crashing into the water.
NTSB Identification: CEN12LA187
This March 2012 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.