NTSB Identification: DEN89FA045.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37866.
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 21, 1988 in ELEPHANT BUTTE, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/03/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-250, registration: N751SP
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.

DURING A RETURN FLIGHT FROM HAVING MAINTENANCE PERFORMED ON THE ACFT THE PLT EXECUTED A LOW PASS BY HIS HOME WHICH WAS LOCATED ON A POINT OF LAND OVERLOOKING ELEPHANT BUTTE RESERVOIR, NM. DURING THE MANEUVER WHILE IN A STEEP TURN THE LEFT WING STRUCK THE WATER AND SEPARATED FROM THE ACFT. THE ACFT CARTWHEELED AND SANK. WX AT THE TIME WAS VMC WITH THE WATER SURFACE SMOOTH AND GLASSY. ACCORDING TO WITNESSES THIS MANEUVER WAS COMMONLY PERFORMED BY THE PLT ON RETURNING HOME.

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER,GLASSY


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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