NTSB Identification: NYC86LA028.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29168.
Accident occurred Friday, November 01, 1985 in NEW YORK, NY
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-300, registration: N4007W
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

ACCORDING TO THE PILOT, THE PURPOSE OF THE FLIGHT WAS TO PROVIDE THE STUDENT WITH NIGHT FLYING INSTRUCTION. THE PREFLIGHT AND RUN UP REVELAED NO DISCREPANCIES AND 10 QUARTS OF OIL WERE DETERMINED TO BE IN THE ENGINE. THE AIRCRAFT PROCEEDED SOUTH ALONG THE HUDSON RIVER UNTIL ABOUT 2 MILES SOUTH OF LIBERTY STATE PARK WHERE A LEFT TURN WAS ENTERED IN ORDER TO OBSERVE A FIREWORKS DISPLAY. AN ENGINE SURGE WAS EXPERIENCED DUE TO THE PROPELLER PITCH DECREASING AND THE PILOT NOTICED AN ODOR ASSOCIATED WITH A HOT ENGINE. THE PILOT NOTICED THE ENGINE OIL PRESSURE GAUGE READING OF ZERO AND CONTACTED NEWARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO ADVISE THEM OF THE EMERGENCY. DURING THE FLIGHT TO NEWARK, THE ENGINE SEIZED AND THE PILOT DECIDED TO LAND PARALLEL TO THE SOUTHERN SHORE OF LIBERTY PARK IN THE WATER. AFTER THE DITCHING, THE COAST GUARD RESCUED THE TWO OCCUPANTS WHO HAD EXITED THE AIRCRAFT AND WERE STANDING ON THE WINGS.

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

LUBRICATING SYSTEM..FAILURE,TOTAL

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

FLUID,OIL..LOSS,PARTIAL

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

MAINTENANCE,REPLACEMENT..NOT PERFORMED..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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

ALTITUDE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,CRANKCASE..CRACKED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER,ROUGH


Contributing Factors

ALTITUDE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,CRANKCASE..CRACKED


Contributing Factors

WHEELS DOWN LANDING IN WATER..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PROPER CLIMB RATE..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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