NTSB Identification: BFO88FA003.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35723.
Accident occurred Friday, October 16, 1987 in INDIAN HEAD, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/01/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172H, registration: N9WB
Injuries: 1 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.

THE NON-CERTIFICATED PLT TOOK THE ACFT WITHOUT PROPER AUTHORITY. A NOTE WAS FOUND IN HIS AUTOMOBILE THAT SHOWED HE INTENDED TO COMMIT SUICIDE. A REVOLVER WAS FOUND AT THE CRASH SCENE WITH A SPENT CARTRIDGE UNDER THE HAMMER. POSTMORTEM STUDIES SHOWED THE PILOT DIED FROM A GUNSHOT TO THE HEAD. A TOXICOLOGY CHECK SHOWED THE PLT HAD A BLOOD/ALCOHOL LVL OF 0.11%.

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

SUICIDE..PERFORMED..UNQUALIFIED PERSON

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

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..UNQUALIFIED PERSON

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