NTSB Identification: NYC88LA079.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37487.
Accident occurred Thursday, February 11, 1988 in EAST HAMPTON, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/11/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N52535
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.

THE FLIGHT DEPARTED EAST HAMPTON AIRPORT FOR A PLEASURE FLT. SHORTLY THEREAFTER, THE PILOT CALLED ON FREQUENCY 122.7 STATING THAT HE HAD STRUCK SOME BIRDS AND COULD NOT MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT. THERE AS NO FURTHER TRANSMISSION AS TO HIS LOCATION, AND THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED IN THE OCEAN. THE PILOT IS PRESUMED FATAL. THE ONLY PART OF THE ACFT RECOVERED TO DATE IS THE HEAD REST. A BOAT IN THE AREA HAD HOOKED ON TO THE TAIL OF THE ACFT BUT COULD NOT HOLD IT. THE RESCUE EFFORT WAS DISCONTINUED DUE TO BAD WX. DIVERS REPORTED UNDERWATER VISIBILITY AS ZERO. THE ACFT CRASHED ABOUT 1 MILE OFFSHORE.

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

OBJECT..BIRD(S)

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