NTSB Identification: NYC91FA095.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 46004.
Accident occurred Thursday, March 21, 1991 in SIMSBURY, CT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/27/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 120, registration: N4117N
Injuries: 2 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 MISSING AIRPLANE WAS FOUND 10 DAYS AFTER IT DEPARTED, CRASHED IN A STATE FOREST. THE PILOT WAS FOUND DEAD LYING NEXT TO THE AIRPLANE. ONE PASSENGER, HIS WIFE, WAS FOUND DEAD IN THE RIGHT FRONT SEAT. ACCORDING TO THE MEDICAL EXAMINER'S AUTOPSY REPORT, THE PILOT'S DEATH WAS 'DUE TO ACUTE ETHANOL INTOXICATION' AND THE 'FINAL MANNER OF DEATH WAS SUICIDE.' THE AUTOPSY REPORT ON THE PASSENGER REVEALED HER DEATH WAS DUE TO 'GUNSHOT WOUNDS OF HEAD' AND THE 'MANNER OF DEATH WAS HOMICIDE.'
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: THE PILOT'S INTENTIONAL FLIGHT INTO TERRAIN. CONTRIBUTING TO THE ACCIDENT WERE PSYCHOLOGICAL CONDITIONS.
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