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N180CT accident description

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Crash location 42.204444°N, 8.255556°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Coloma, MI
42.186149°N, 86.308356°W
3842.6 miles away
Tail number N180CT
Accident date 11 Oct 2014
Aircraft type Cessna 180B
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

According to the pilot's written statement, he departed a land-based airport and flew to a nearby lake. Being a short and direct flight, he did not use the departure checklist and forgot to retract the wheels on the pontoons. Immediately upon touching down in the water, the airplane nosed over. Post-accident examination revealed the firewall had been buckled by impact. There were no mechanical anomalies with the airplane or its systems that would have precluded normal operations.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot did not use the departure checklist, resulting in an inadvertent landing with the pontoon wheels extended.

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