According to the Searey pilot, he positioned his plane to land in an area on a lake in Tavares, Florida, with light ripples. During the landing attempt, the plane bounced and he attempted to continue the landing instead of immediately initiating a go-around.He then elected to perform a go-around, however there was not enough room to clear the trees at the end of the lake.
The airplane subsequently hit the tree line and came to rest.
A post-accident examination revealed that both wing leading edges and the empennage incurred substantial damage.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s improper landing flare, resulting in a bounced landing and his delay in performing a go-around, which resulted in a collision with trees.
NTSB Identification: ERA14CA190
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.