NTSB Identification: LAX88LA141.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36738.
Accident occurred Sunday, March 27, 1988 in MALIBU, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/10/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172RG, registration: N9609B
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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 PILOT STATED THAT THE PURPOSE OF THE FLIGHT WAS TO ALLOW THE PASSENGER TO PHOTOGRAPH SOME YACHTS SAILING OFF THE MALIBU COAST. THE PILOT SAID THAT HE INITIATED A TURN AT 300 FEET AGL AROUND ONE OF THE YACHTS AND THE AIRCRAFT 'SUDDENLY STALLED' AND HE WAS UNABLE TO RECOVER PRIOR TO CONTACTING THE WATER. THE PILOT SAID THAT HE WAS 'STRAINING TO LOOK OUT THE BACK WINDOW TO TRY AND SEE THE BOAT WHEN (HE) HEARD THE STALL HORN.'

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

AIRSPEED(VSO)..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/MUSH..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER


Contributing Factors

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ALTITUDE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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