NTSB Identification: SEA90LA053.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 41301.
Accident occurred Sunday, March 18, 1990 in JUNEAU, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/12/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N1220F
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

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

DURING AN INSTRUCTIONAL FLIGHT, THE PILOT REPORTED THAT A NORMAL PREFLIGHT WAS PERFORMED WITH NO ABNORMALITIES NOTED. JUST AFTER LIFT OFF, THE AIRPLANE BEGAN TO DRIFT TO THE LEFT. THE PILOT APPLIED RIGHT RUDDER AND AILERON CONTROL, HOWEVER, THE AIRPLANE CONTINUED TO DRIFT TO THE LEFT AND COLLIDED INTO A BARGE THAT WAS MOORED IN A WATERWAY THAT PARALLELS THE RUNWAY. THE AIRPLANE SANK IN 35 FEET OF WATER. AFTER THE AIRPLANE WAS RETRIEVED, AND A POST CRASH INSPECTION WAS PERFORMED, THERE WERE NO NOTED MECHANICAL FAILURES OR MALFUNCTIONS.

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

THE PILOT DID NOT MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE DURING THE INITIAL CLIMB AND DID NOT ADEQUATELY CORRECT THE SITUATION PRIOR TO COLLIDING WITH AN OBJECT.

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