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The aircraft was being demonstrated for a potential sale. The pilot reported that he was demonstrating a high speed taxi towards a boat ramp when the aircraft struck a submerged object and cartwheeled sideways. However, the passenger reported that the pilot was demonstrating a touch-and-go. As the pilot applied power for the takeoff, the aircraft commenced porpoising. On the third porpoise, the nose pulled into the water and the aircraft waterlooped to the right, tearing off the left float. The passenger had held a foreign commercial pilot licence but was not type endorsed or experienced in water landings.

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General details
Date: 26 June 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1330  
Location:Green Point 5 km SE of Gosford Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 05 April 1991  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Lake A/C Div. Of Consolidated Aeronautics Inc. 
Aircraft model: LA-4 
Aircraft registration: VH-XPS 
Serial number: 1045 
Type of operation: Business 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bankstown NSW
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Gosford Area NSW
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