NTSB Identification: LAX87LA174.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33195.
Accident occurred Sunday, April 12, 1987 in VENTURA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/1988
Aircraft: GRUMMAN G-44A, registration: N32BB
Injuries: 2 Serious,1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

DURING A LOCAL PLEASURE FLIGHT, THE PILOT HAD REDUCED POWER AND DESCENDED TO A LOWER ALTITUDE TO TAKE PICTURES OF A SAILBOAT RACE. AT APPROXIMATELY 200 FEET THE PILOT MADE A DESCENDING RIGHT TURN, THEN LEVELED OFF. THE AIRCRAFT STALLED AND THE PILOT LOWERED THE NOSE AND ABRUPTLY ADDED POWER. THE ENGINES DID NOT RESPOND IN TIME TO REGAIN ALTITUDE AND AIRSPEED. THE AIRCRAFT THEN IMPACTED THE WATER LEFT WING FIRST. ON IMPACT A FIRE STARTED. THE AIRCRAFT EVENTUALLY SANK AND WAS NOT RECOVERED.

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

STALL..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

THROTTLE/POWER CONTROL..EXCESSIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER,ROUGH


Contributing Factors

REMEDIAL ACTION..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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