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N389HW accident description

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Crash location 47.057500°N, 94.925000°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 Park Rapids, MN
46.922181°N, 95.058632°W
11.3 miles away
Tail number N389HW
Accident date 02 Aug 2010
Aircraft type Wing Kitfox II
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The float-equipped airplane was on a local area flight when the pilot noted a partial loss of engine power. The pilot's corrective actions did not restore full engine power and the airplane was unable to maintain altitude. He reduced engine power to flight idle and entered a rapid descent into a nearby lake. He noted that the engine continued to operate while in the flight idle position. He reported that due to the size constraints of the lake, the landing was "necessarily firm" and that the airplane nosed over shortly after touchdown. The fuselage primary structure, left horizontal stabilizer, right float and support structure, and left wing spar were substantially damaged during the accident. A post-accident inspection confirmed flight control continuity existed between the cockpit controls and the individual flight control surfaces. Fuel system continuity was established between the fuel control and carburetor. No mechanical malfunctions or failures were identified with the engine during the post-accident inspection.

NTSB Probable Cause

A partial loss of engine power for undetermined reasons and the pilot's failure to adequately flare during the water landing.

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