NTSB Identification: NYC88LA247.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38678.
Accident occurred Thursday, September 29, 1988 in NEW YORK, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/24/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N98305
Injuries: 3 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 A NIGHT PERSONAL PLEASURE FLT ALONG THE HUDSON RIVER BETWEEN NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY, AT 300 FEET AGL, THE PLT TURNED THE ACFT TOWARD AN UNLIGHTED SHORE AREA AND LOST VISUAL CUES. THE PLT INADVERTENTLY FLEW THE ACFT INTO THE WATER. THE ACFT SUNK AND WAS NOT RECOVERED. THE THREE OCCUPANTS SUCCESSFULLY EXITED THE ACFT WITH MINOR INJURIES AND SWAM ASHORE.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..BRIGHT NIGHT

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