NTSB Identification: LAX83LA301.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22545.
Accident occurred Friday, June 24, 1983 in MARINA, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N733PP
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.

THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH THE WATER WHILE CIRCLING AT LOW ALT AT NIGHT. DURING THE MANEUVERING THE ENGINE ALSO WAS REPORTEDAS RUNNING ROUGH WHICH FURTHER DISTRACTED THE PLT. HE WAS ALREADY DISTRACTED TRYING TO IDENTIFY AN OBJECT IN THE WATER WHILE CIRCLING. WITHOUT REALIZING IT THE PLT ALLOWED THE ACFT TO DESCEND INTO THE WATER. THE PLT SAID THE WATER 'SORT OFSNUCK UP ON ME.' A WITNESS SAID HE OBSERVED THE ACFT OFF SHORE ABOUT 200 FT CIRCLING FOR 2 OR 3 MINUTES AT LESS THAN 100FT AGL.

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

LOW PASS..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AUTOROTATION..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

POWERPLANT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT

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