NTSB Identification: LAX87FA267.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37455.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 15, 1987 in MARINA DEL REY, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/26/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA T210L, registration: N7JT
Injuries: 4 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.

WEATHER AT DEPT AIRPORT WAS CLOUDS AT ABOUT 900 FT WITH TOPS AT 2,400 FT. BASED ON ATC TRANSCRIPTS AND THE RECORDED RADAR FLIGHT PATH, THE FLT ENTERED THE CLOUDS ABOUT 1 MILE FROM THE END OF THE RUNWAY. SHORTLY THEREAFTER THE FLT ENTERED THE LOS ANGELES TCA. THE SANTA MONICA LOCAL CONTROLLER THEN TOLD THE PILOT HIS POSITION AND ADVISED HIM TO EXIT THE AREA. THE RECORDED RADAR DATA SHOWED THE AIRCRAFT THEN ENTERED A RIGHT 270 DEG TURN FOLLOWED BY A SHARP LEFT TURN. WITNESSES ON A BOAT SAW THE AIRCRAFT IN A STEEP CLIMB ATTITUDE JUST BELOW THE BASES OF THE CLOUDS FOLLOWED BY ROLLING OVER AND DIVING STEEPLY TO THE OCEAN.

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:

STALL/SPIN..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF RECENT INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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