The pilot of the float-equipped Cessna 206 reported that he intended to practice water landings and operations after about seven months of seaplane inactivity due to winter.
He was flying above a lake in Gilford, N.H., with glassy water conditions surveying the surface for ice or other hazards when the airplane’s floats inadvertently contacted the water “a bit harder” then normal.
The pilot elected to reduce engine power and attempted to land, however, the plane nosed over into the water, and subsequently sank.
During a post-accident examination, the right float displayed evidence of contact with the propeller and the aft portion of the fuselage, near the empennage, was substantially damaged.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot misjudged the float-equipped airplane’s altitude while maneuvering above the surface of a lake, which resulted in a float inadvertently contacting the water. Contributing to the accident were the glassy water conditions and pilot’s lack of recent experience in amphibious airplanes.
NTSB Identification: ERA14CA209
This April 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.