NTSB Identification: LAX85FA314.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28921.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 10, 1985 in ANTIOCH, CA
Aircraft: MOONEY M20J, registration: N201HU
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 ACFT CRASHED INTO A RESERVOIR SHORTLY AFTER DEPARTING THE ANTIOCH ARPT. THERE WERE NO EYE WITNESSES TO THE CRASH. HOWEVER, AN EAR WITNESS STATED THAT HE HEARD THE ACFT SKIPPING ALONG THE WATER LIKE THE SOUND OF A HYDRO-PLANE. HE DID NOT HEAR THE ENG, BUT HE WAS LISTENING TO HIS TV WHEN HE HEARD THE SKIPPING SOUNDS. THE ACFT RECEIVED ONLY MINOR IMPACT DAMAGE. AN EXAM OF THE ACFT REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF A MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION. A PATHOLOGICAL EXAM OF THE PLT DISCLOSED ONLY MINOR PHYSICAL INJURIES FROM THE IMPACT, BUT THE EXAM SHOWED THAT THE PLT HAD DROWNED. THE PLT'S MED CERT WAS DATED 1/3/83.

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

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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