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Last updated: 8 December 2021
Date:Tuesday 15 November 2005
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208 Caravan I
Operator:Shoreline Aviation
Registration: N117SA
MSN: 20800117
First flight: 1987
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:off South Hampton, NY (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Stratford, CT, United States of America
Destination airport:Peconic Bay, NY, United States of America
The pilot was receiving instruction for a seaplane rating in a float-equipped Cessna 208 Caravan. Three water landings were made in Peconic Bay. During the fourth approach, while downwind at a height of 100 feet, the instructor simulated an engine failure by pulling the power lever back to idle. The pilot turned to land into the wind and was joined on the controls by the instructor. Power was not added and the Caravan landed hard in a descending turn. Upon landing, the left float separated from the airplane, and the airplane subsequently sank. The occupants were rescued by a fisherman.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flight instructor's improper flare and his inadequate remedial action, which resulted in a hard landing."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 133 days (4 months)
Accident number: NYC06CA030
Download report: Summary report

Heavy landing
Runway mishap



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