NTSB Identification: LAX85LA089.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26959.
Accident occurred Friday, December 28, 1984 in SAUSALITO, CA
Aircraft: ENSTROM F-28C, registration: N51755
Injuries: 1 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.

WX CONDS WERE SKY OBSCURED, VISIBILITY LESS THAN 1/16 OF A MILE IN FOG. PLT ARRIVED AT HELIPORT, WENT DIRECTLY TO ACFT AND STARTED ENGINE. ANOTHER HELIPORT PLT WENT TO ACFT AND ADVISED MISHAP PLT AGAINST DEPARTURE DUE TO LOW VISIBILITY. MISHAP PLT REPLIED HE THOUGHT 'THE WEATHER WAS BETTER A LITTLE WAYS DOWN THE BAY.' ACFT COLLIDED WITH WATER ABOUT 30 SECS AFTER LIFTOFF.

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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