NTSB Identification: NYC84FA295.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27073.
Accident occurred Monday, September 03, 1984 in BRIDGEPORT, CT
Aircraft: AERO COMMANDER 680V, registration: N100CT
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 DESCENDED INTO THE WATER SIX & 1/2 MILES SW OF BRIDGEPORT, CT. THE ACFT WAS ON AN ILS APCH TO RWY 06. THE ACFT WAS IN COMMUNICATION WITH NY TRACON ARRVL RADAR AND ON HIS INITIAL CALL HAD INDICATED A DESIRE FOR A CLEARANCE DIRECT TOBRIDGEPORT. A BRIEF RADIO EXCHANGE RESULTED IN THE DESIRED CLEARANCE. THERE WAS NO INDICATION OF ANY PROBLEMS OR LOW FUEL STATE IN THE COMMUNICATION. APRX 15 MINUTES AFTER INITIAL CALL, THE CONTROLLER WAS GIVING THE FINAL APCH INSTRUCTIONS TO N100CT, AFTER HAVING USED SOME TURNS AND CHANGES IN AIRSPEED TO SPACE THE FLT BEHIND LANDING TRAFFIC, WHEN RADAR & RADIO CONTACT WAS LOST. POST ACCIDENT FUEL CALCULATIONS BASED ON FUEL ABOARD VS FLT TIME EN ROUTE AND NORMAL FUEL CONSUMPTION SHOWED APRX 6 GALLONS OF FUEL REMAINING. THE NORMAL UNUSABLE FUEL FOR THIS ACFT IS 13 GALLONS WHICH INCREASES DURING MANEUVERING. IDENTIFIABLE PARTS OF THE ACFT AND SOME PAPER DOCUMENTS WERE RECOVERED BY THE COAST GUARD. THE PLT'S BODY WAS NOT RECOVERED.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

RADIO COMMUNICATIONS..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER,ROUGH

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