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N9011T accident description

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Crash location 47.822778°N, 90.407222°W
Nearest city Grand Marais, MN
47.750447°N, 90.334273°W
6.0 miles away
Tail number N9011T
Accident date 27 Aug 2011
Aircraft type Cessna 182C
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The local scenic flight departed from a lake in a southeasterly direction, and the wind was reported at 8 knots from the south/southeast. Shortly after becoming airborne to approximately 100 feet above ground level, the pilot noted the airplane's airspeed was not increasing as he expected, and the airplane was not climbing. In an attempt to increase airspeed and ultimately gain altitude, the pilot lowered the nose, but the airspeed did not increase. Due to the terrain ahead of the airplane, the pilot attempted a landing on the remaining lake area. During the attempted landing, the airplane's floats contacted terrain, which was located between the main lake and a bay, and the airplane nosed over. Postaccident examination of the airplane showed substantial damage to the both wings and the fuselage, and no airframe or engine anomalies were noted. The pilot estimated his weight and balance at the gross weight limitation and reported he could have increased his safety margins by using all available back-taxi distance and more conservative abort points.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's delayed decision to land the airplane when he realized the airplane's performance was insufficient to clear approaching terrain during the initial climb after takeoff. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's inadequate preflight planning.

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