The pilot reported that he was attempting to land the Super Bearhawk on a lake near Sault Set Marie, Mich., and misjudged the height of the airplane above the water, which he described as “glassy.”
During the touchdown, the left float “dug in,” and the airplane subsequently nosed over.
It is likely that the glassy water conditions adversely affected the pilot’s depth perception, which led to his subsequent failure to judge the height above the water.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s inadequate flare during landing on water with a glassy condition, which resulted in the airplane nosing over.
NTSB Identification: CEN14LA492
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.