NTSB Identification: NYC90FA192.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 43965.
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 14, 1990 in SALTAIRE, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/30/1992
Aircraft: BELLANCA 7GCAA, registration: N4190Y
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 AIRPLANE WAS SEEN MAKING A RIGHT TURN LOW OVER THE WATER. THE AIRPLANE STRUCK THE WATER WITH THE RIGHT WING AND THE WING SEPARATED FROM THE AIRPLANE. THE AIRPLANE SANK AND WAS NEVER RECOVERED. THE PILOT DID NOT ESCAPE THE WRECKAGE PRIOR TO ITS SINKING AND HIS BODY WAS NOT RECOVERED. THE RIGHT WING WAS RECOVERED AND A FRACTURE SURFACE ON THE WING WAS ANALYZED AND IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE FAILURE WAS CAUSED BY AN OVERSTRESS CONDITIONS.

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

THE PILOT MISJUDGED HIS ALTITUDE.

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