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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 212785
Last updated: 5 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C185 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna A185F Skywagon
Owner/operator:Conch Republic Aviation
Registration: N14ED
C/n / msn: 18502107
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Government Cut near Watson Island, Portmiami, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)
Destination airport:Miami, FL (X44)
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to the pilot, he inadvertently failed to retract the wheels of the amphibious airplane after takeoff from a hard surface runway. Upon arrival at his destination, he did not use the Before Landing checklist, and when the airplane touched down on the water with the wheels extended, it nosed over.
The amphibious airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing lift strut, the empennage, the right wing aileron, the rudder, and the elevator.
The pilot asserted that the accident was pilot error and that the accident could have been prevented if he had he used the checklist.
The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the amphibious airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to retract the wheels of the amphibious airplane on takeoff, which resulted in a nose-over when the airplane landed on water with the wheels extended. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s failure to use appropriate checklists.

It should be noted that this aircraft was never operated on Tropic Ocean Airways' operating certificate.



FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 8 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

01-Jul-2018 20:33 Iceman 29 Added
01-Jul-2018 22:08 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
22-Mar-2019 20:34 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Accident report, ]
17-Sep-2019 17:29 Anon. Updated [Operator, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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