NTSB Identification: LAX89LA335.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45147.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 09, 1989 in NAPA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/11/1992
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8A, registration: N77969
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
ON THE EVENING OF 7/9/89 THE PILOT TELEPHONED FRIENDS. HE WAS REPORTED TO BE DESPONDENT, INDICATED THAT HE WAS GOING TO KILL HIMSELF, AND STATED THAT HE WAS GOING TO CRASH HIS AIRCRAFT IN THE CENTER OF LAKE BERRYESSA SO AS TO NOT HURT ANYONE. THE PILOT AND HIS AIRCRAFT WERE REPORTED MISSING ON 7/10/89. A SUICIDE LETTER WAS SUBSEQUENTLY FOUND IN HIS RESIDENCE. THE WRECKAGE AND PILOT WERE FOUND 10/8/91 IN 45 FT OF WATER NEAR THE CENTER OF THE LAKE.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: SUICIDE.
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