NTSB Identification: SEA88FA095.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36013.
Accident occurred Saturday, May 14, 1988 in OCEAN SHORES, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172L, registration: N7935G
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 STUDENT PILOT DEPARTED ON HIS FIFTH SOLO FLIGHT FROM THE AIRPORT WHERE HE HAD BEEN ACCUSTOMED TO ORIGINATING HIS INSTRUCTIONAL FLIGHTS. AFTER SEVERAL TOUCH AND GO LANDINGS HE PROCEEDED TO A NEARBY AIRPORT AND CONDUCTED AT LEAST ONE MORE TOUCH AND GO. WITNESSES OBSERVED THE TAKEOFF, CLIMB AND ENTRY INTO THE TRAFFIC PATERN. SHORTLY AFTER, A WITNESS SAID THE AIRCRAFT PITCHED NOSE DOWN AND IMPACTED THE BAY IN A NOSE LOW, WINGS LEVEL ATTITUDE. WITNESSES HEARD THE ENGINERUNNING AT IMPACT. NO EVIDENCE OF PRE-IMPACT MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION OR PILOT IMPAIRMENT COULD BE FOUND. THE STUDENT HAD A TOTAL OF ABOUT 19 HRS OF FLIGHT TIME (3 HRS OF SOLO).

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

FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DESCENT..NOT CORRECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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