NTSB Identification: NYC92LA136.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 48128.
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 30, 1992 in MIDDLETOWN, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/26/1993
Aircraft: BEECH N35, registration: N1211Z
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

WITNESSES OBSERVED THE AIRPLANE IN THE TRAFFIC PATTERN AT A LOWER THAN NORMAL ALTITUDE AND BEING OPERATED IN AN ERRATIC MANNER. THE AIRPLANE DROPPED BELOW A TREE LINE AND THEN REAPPEARED STRIKING THE TREES AND THE GROUND BEYOND. POST ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION FOUND FUEL IN BOTH WING TANKS AND NO MECHANICAL PROBLEMS WITH THE AIRPLANE. THE 83 YEAR OLD PILOT HAD CHECKED OUT OF THE NURSING HOME WHERE HE WAS A RESIDENT TO FLY HIS AIRPLANE TO AN AIRPORT FOR AN ANNUAL INSPECTION. THE AUTOPSY DISCLOSED AN OLD MYOCARDIAL INFARCT; HOWEVER, NO ACUTE MYOCARDIAL INFARCTS WERE OBSERVED. IN ADDITION, THE PILOT HAD DIFFUSE MALIGNANT LYMPHOMA.

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

IMPROPER ALTITUDE CONTROL BY THE PILOT WHICH RESULTED IN A COLLISION WITH TREES.

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