NTSB Identification: LAX86FA024.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30363.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 27, 1985 in SEAL BEACH, CA
Aircraft: CHAMPION 7ECA, registration: N7547F
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.

BASED UPON PREARRANGED PLANS, THE PLT & PAX FLEW OVER THE WATER FOR THE PURPOSE OF PHOTOGRAPHING FRIENDS OF THEIRS IN SAIL BOATS. THE PLT ROLLED HIS ACFT INTO A MEDIUM BANK & CIRCLED OVER THE SPECIFIED BOAT WHILE HIS PAX COMMENCED TAKING PHOTOS. THE PLT, DISTRACTED BY THE SAILBOAT, FAILED TO BE ATTENTIVE TO HIS ACFT'S ALTITUDE & HE DESCENDED UNTIL COLLIDING WITH THE WATER. THE ACFT QUICKLY SANK & ALTHOUGH THE REAR SEATED PIC WAS ABLE TO EXTRICATE HIMSELF, THE FRONT SEATED PAX'S HEAD STRUCK THE INSTRUMENT PANEL & HE DROWNED.

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

REMEDIAL ACTION..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HAZE/SMOKE


Contributing Factors

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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