NTSB Identification: NYC83LA132.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20844.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 04, 1983 in LAKEVILLE, MA
Aircraft: MOONEY M20B, registration: N74788
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.

THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH THE SMOOTH WATER OF A RESERVOIR WHILE FLYING LOW DURING AN AFTERNOON FLIGHT. THE ACFT CRASHED ABOUT 1000 FT OFFSHORE WHEN THE RIGHT WING TIP COLLIDED WITH THE SURFACE OF THE WATER. THE ACFT THEN SANK IN 15-20 FT OFWATER. THE PILOT STATED THAT THE SMOOTH GLASSY SURFACE OF THE WATER INTERFERRED WITH HIS DEPTH PERCEPTION. DUE TO THIS DIFFICULTY IN JUDGING THE HEIGHT ABOVE THE WATER VISUALLY HE SHOULD HAVE FLOWN HIGHER HE SAID.

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

ALTITUDE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

BUZZING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER,GLASSY

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