NTSB Identification: SEA92FA160.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 47115.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 22, 1992 in KINGSTON, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N52201
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT OF THE CESSNA 172 DEPARTED RENTON AIRPORT FOR A LOCAL FLIGHT. WITNESSES OBSERVED THE AIRCRAFT FLYING IN FOGGY CONDITIONS WITH AS LITTLE AS ONE-EIGHTH MILE VISIBILITY. THE AIRCRAFT PASSED OVER A WITNESS'S BOAT AND WAS OBSERVED MANEUVERING IN A TURN TO THE LEFT. THE LEFT WINGTIP CAUGHT IN THE WATER AND THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED, SINKING IMMEDIATELY.

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

THE PILOT'S ATTEMPT TO CONDUCT VFR FLIGHT IN INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS. FACTORS INCLUDE FOG AND LOW CEILINGS.

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