NTSB Identification: LAX86LA322.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32996.
Accident occurred Thursday, August 14, 1986 in MARBLE CANYON, AZ
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8F, registration: N2122B
Injuries: 2 Fatal.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
WITNESSES RPRTD THAT PRIOR TO THE ACDNT, THE PLT MADE A LOW PASS OVER A RAFT ON THE COLORADO RIVER TO 'WAVE HIS WINGS' AT THE RAFTING GROUP. RPRTDLY, HE WAS ATTEMPTING TO REVERSE HIS DIRECTION WHEN THE ACFT SUDDENLY CRASHED IN THE RIVER. A SEARCH WAS INITIATED, BUT THE WRECKAGE & OCCUPANTS WERE NOT RECOVERED UNTIL NEARLY 3 MONTHS LATER. NO PREIMPACT MECHANICAL PROBLEM WITH THE ACFT WAS FOUND.
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:DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND
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