NTSB Identification: MIA85FA235.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29235.
Accident occurred Monday, August 19, 1985 in ST. THOMAS
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N22198
Injuries: 4 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.

WITNESSES STATED THE ACFT WAS FLYING SLOW AT APRX 200 FT ALT PHOTOGRAPHING A GROUP OF SAIL BOATS. AS THE PLT ENTERED A LEFT TURN TO REVERSE COURSE, IT STALLED AND NOSED DOWN STRIKING THE WATER IN A NEAR VERTICAL ATTITUDE. AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT THE ACFT WAS APRX 35 LBS OVER THE MAX ALLOWABLE GROSS WEIGHT FOR THE ACFT AND CENTER OF GRAVITY LIMIT.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

ALTITUDE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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