NTSB Identification: FTW87FA213.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36562.
Accident occurred Friday, September 11, 1987 in NEW ORLEANS, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/07/1989
Aircraft: PARTENAVIA P68C, registration: N1352W
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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.

THE PLT BEGAN AN ILS RWY 18R APCH AT NGT TO THE LAKEFRONT ARPT. HE RPRTD THAT AFTER THE ACFT BROKE OUT OF THE CLOUDS AT 1700', HE TRANSITIONED TO A VISUAL APCH. HE STATED THAT AS HE CONTD, THE APCH SEEMED NORMAL, EXCEPT THE VASI LIGHTS SEEMED TOO FAR DOWN THE RWY. HE REMEMBERED THAT JUST BEFORE IMPACT, THE VASI WAS PROVIDING A RED OVER RED INDCN, BUT HE DID NOT WORRY AS HE PERCEIVED THE ACFT WAS OVER THE END OF THE RWY & HE WAS ABOUT TO FLARE. AT ABOUT THAT TIME, THE ACFT IMPACTED WITH WATER, WELL SHORT OF THE RWY. AS THE ACFT SANK, THE PLT ESCAPED THRU A HOLE IN THE WINDSHIELD. SUBSEQUENTLY, HE WAS FOUND BY PASSING FISHERMEN. THE PLT BELIEVED HE HAD GOTTEN A FALSE PERCEPTION OF THE RWY LOCATION DUE TO REFLECTION OF LIGHTS OFF OF CALM LAKE WATER.

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:

UNSAFE/HAZARDOUS CONDITION WARNING..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DISTANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER,GLASSY


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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