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N1204A accident description

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Crash location 42.856667°N, 83.719723°W
Nearest city Fenton, MI
42.797806°N, 83.704950°W
4.1 miles away
Tail number N1204A
Accident date 17 Jul 2015
Aircraft type Aventura Ii
Additional details: None
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NTSB Factual Report

In an email sent to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Aviation Safety Inspector (ASI), by the student pilot, he reported that the experimental seaplane experienced a partial loss of engine power during takeoff about 400 feet above the ground. The student pilot stated that he turned the experimental seaplane toward the lake but as he ran out of "speed," he "pitched it to the right into some trees." A postaccident examination of the engine by the FAA ASI revealed that the fuel supply line to the forward carburetor was cracked and leaking. The cracked portion of the line was about ½ inch outboard of the carburetor fuel intake fitting.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the empennage when it impacted trees.

The student pilot did not return the NTSB Form 6120.1 Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report as requested.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The FAA ASI stated that the experimental seaplane does not have an airworthiness certificate, operating limitations, registration certificate, or any logbooks or record of maintenance performed. He also stated that there wasn't evidence of a current annual condition inspection.

The student pilot was not endorsed to act as Pilot in Command (PIC) for single-engine sea airplane or any other aircraft at the time of the accident.

NTSB Probable Cause

The failure of the student pilot to ensure that the experimental seaplane was airworthy prior to take off.

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