NTSB Identification: NYC85FA213.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29835.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 17, 1985 in BROOKLYN, NY
Aircraft: CESSNA C-305A, registration: N5250G
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.

DURING AN AERIAL BANNER TOW OPERATION AT LOW LEVEL ALONG THE BEACH, WITNESSES OBSERVED THE AIRPLANE BANK SHARPLY TO THE RIGHT AND DIVE INTO THE WATER. WITNESSES RECALL THE ENGINE NOISE TO HAVE BEEN LOUD YET SPUTTERING BEFORE THE IMPACT. INSPECTION OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED THE CARRY THRU AILERON CABLE FAILED DUE TO EXCESSIVE WEAR AND OVERLOAD FORCES. WIRE FRACTURE ANALYSIS DID NOT DIFFERENTIATE PRE OR POST IMPACT FAILURE.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

REMEDIAL ACTION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


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