NTSB Identification: NYC94LA152.
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Accident occurred Saturday, August 06, 1994 in SCHUYLERVILLE, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/05/1995
Aircraft: AERONCA 11AC, registration: N3441E
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

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THE FLOAT-EQUIPPED AIRPLANE, AFTER A GO AROUND WAS EXECUTED DUE TO TRAFFIC, WAS ON DOWNWIND LEG AT 500 FEET AGL AT AN AIRSPEED OF 70 TO 75 KNOTS. ACCORDING TO THE PILOT, WHILE ON DOWNWIND HE SENSED A SLIGHT SINKING SENSATION. HE ADVANCED THE THROTTLE AND RELAXED BACK PRESSURE ON THE CONTROL WHEEL. THE PILOT DID NOT REMEMBER DETAILS OF THE FLIGHT AFTERWARDS. THE PASSENGER ALSO REPORTED THE AIRPLANE BEGAN SINKING ON DOWNWIND AND THAT HE ALONG WITH THE PILOT PULLED ON THE CONTROL WHEEL, RAISING THE NOSE IN AN UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPT TO ARREST THE DESCENT. THE AIRPLANE SUBSEQUENTLY STRUCK THE GROUND. THE LANDING WAS TO BE DONE TO THE NORTHEAST ON THE HUDSON RIVER INTO A 6 KNOT WIND. THE DOWNWIND WAS FLOWN OVER LAND, PARALLEL TO THE SHORELINE. THE EXAMINATION OF THE AIRPLANE REVEALED NO MECHANICAL MALFUNCTIONS. THE PILOT REPORTED THE WINDS WERE FROM THE NORTHEAST AT 6 KNOTS.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

the pilots failure to maintain adequate airspeed, which resulted in a stall/mush.

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