NTSB Identification: ATL88DKG09.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36587.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 10, 1988 in GARFIELD, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/16/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 188, registration: N3525Q
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

FOLLOWING MINOR ENGINE MAINTENANCE, THE PLT/MECHANIC MADE THE TEST FLIGHT. THE ENGINE COWLING WAS NOT INSTALLED PRIOR TO THE FLT. WITNESSES REPORTED THAT THE ACFT WHEELS TOUCHED THE WATER OF A NEARBY POND FOLLOWED BY A SHARP PULL-UP INTO THE PLT'S CUSTOMARY 'LOOP' PRIOR TO LANDING. THE ACFT DID NOT COMPLETE THE LOOP AND IMPACTED THE GROUND AT A 75 DEGREE NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE. THE PLT'S BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL RECORDED BY THE HARRIS MEDICAL LAB IN FORT WORTH, TX WAS 176 MG/DL. ALTHOUGH THERE WAS EVIDENCE OF SEVERE CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE, ITS RELEVANCE TO THE ACCIDENT COULD NOT BE ESTABLISHED.

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

AEROBATICS..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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