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The sea state for takeoff was moderate with a 35 centimetre chop. As the aircraft approached 40 knots, it struck a wave and bounced into the air. When the aircraft settled back onto the water it was yawed to the left and this caused it to slide sideways into another wave. The engine and its support pylon broke off at the fuselage. The aircraft sank shortly after coming to a stop. All occupants evacuated successfully. The pilot reported that the yaw was probably induced when the left hand float entered a wave. He was unable to realign the aircraft before it collided with the second wave. The force of the impact although it did not feel severe, caused the engine and pylon to break off. The rear seat passenger seated on the left hand side, was injured when the sash seat belt anchor point was torn from the aircraft. The sash seat belt upper anchor points, are also the anchor point for the engine pod bracing wires. As the engine pod and support collapsed to the right, the left hand bracing wire and anchor block were pulled from the fuselage, tensioning the left sash belt and pulling the passenger's head into the fuselage structure.

Reccomendations:

The Bureau conducted an examination of the seat belt anchor point failure.

1. It is recommended that the Manufacturer redesign the seat belt anchor point so that it is separate from the engine pod bracing wire anchor point.

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General details
Date: 11 August 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1500 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Admiralty Gulf (120 km West Kalumburu) Occurrence type:Loss of control 
State: Western Australia Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 10 October 1990 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Minor 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Lake A/C Div. Of Consolidated Aeronautics Inc. 
Aircraft model: LA-250 
Aircraft registration: VH-LAK 
Serial number: 54 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Admiralty Gulf WA
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Drysdale Station WA
 
 
 
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