NTSB Identification: CHI88LA119.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36182.
Accident occurred Friday, May 27, 1988 in GARY, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/14/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 150K, registration: N5658G
Injuries: 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.

WHILE ON THE RETURN LEG OF A LOCAL FLIGHT, THE PILOT WAS FLYING AT 150' ABOVE THE WATER ALONG THE SHORELINE. THE PILOT'S ATTENTION WAS DIVERTED FROM THE TASK OF FLYING THE AIRPLANE BY NAVIGATION DUTIES (THE FREQUENCY, AND ADJUSTMENT, AND TUNING OF THE VOR), AND SUFFICIENT VISUAL LOOKOUT WAS NOT MAINTAINED. THE AIRCRAFT ENTERED AN UNNOTICED GRADUAL DESCENT, STRUCK THE WATER AND SANK.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DESCENT..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER


Contributing Factors

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF RECENT TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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