NTSB Identification: ATL87FA268.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35398.
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 30, 1987 in MANTEO, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/27/1988
Aircraft: BEECH 95-B55, registration: N6343X
Injuries: 5 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.

WITNESS OBSERVED ACFT SETTLE INTO OCEAN DURING LOW LEVEL CRUISE FLT ADJACENT TO BEACH. WX WAS OVRCST, INDISTINCT HORIZON & CALM SEA. IFR FLT PLAN HAD BEEN FILED BUT NO CONTACT WAS MADE WITH ATC. ENGINES AND PROPELLER EXAMINATION DID NOT REVEAL A MECHANICAL FAILURE. DAMAGE TO PROP BLADES INDICATED CRUISE OPERATING RANGE AT IMPACT. WATER AND SALT CORROSION DAMAGE PREVENTED DETAILED ACFT SYSTEM EXAMS.

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

INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DESCENT..NOT CORRECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER,GLASSY

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