NTSB Identification: MIA85FA187.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28778.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 08, 1985 in DAYTONA BEACH, FL
Aircraft: Ercoupe (Eng & Research Corp.) 415-C, registration: N99018
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Minor.

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.

ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, THE PLT WAS FLYING AT A VERY LOW ALT & WAS MAKING 'S' TURNS WHILE PROCEEDING SOUTHBOUND ALONG A BEACH. DURING THE LAST LEFT TURN TOWARD THE EAST, THE ACFT TURNED FURTHER LEFT TOWARD THE NORTH. WHILE TURNING, THE LEFT WING STRUCK WATER & THE ACFT CRASHED, THEN IT SANK IN LESS THAN ONE MINUTE. THE PLT RECEIVED A HEAD INJURY & DROWNED. TOXICOLOGY TESTS SHOWED THE ALCOHOL LEVEL OF HIS BLOOD WAS 0.128%, URINE WAS 0.193% & GASTRIC FLUID WAS 0.117%. HIS LAST MED CERT WAS DATED 2/22/83. WITNESSES REPORTED THAT HEAVY RAIN & STRONG GUSTY WINDS BEGAN SHORTLY AFTER THE PLANE CRASHED.

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..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

BUZZING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER,ROUGH


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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