NTSB Identification: LAX86LA334.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33463.
Accident occurred Monday, August 18, 1986 in OROVILLE, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N8976B
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT OF A CESSNA 172 FLEW LOW OVER A RESERVOIR WITH THE ENGINE STOPPED. THE AIRCRAFT WAS OBSERVED TO MAKE A HARD RIGHT TURN STALL AND DESCEND INTO THE WATER. THE UNINJURED PILOT EXITED THE SINKING AIRCRAFT AND WAS RESCUED BY SOME NEARBY FISHERMEN. THEY TOOK THE PILOT TO THE SHORE, DROPPED HIM OFF, AND HE HASN'T BEEN HEARD FROM SINCE THE AIRCRAFT SANK IN 300 FEET OF WATER. IT WAS NOT REPORTED WHETHER THE ACFT WAS EVER RECOVERED.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED

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

AIRSPEED(VMC)..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


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