NTSB Identification: FTW84LA042.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24144.
Accident occurred Friday, November 04, 1983 in FREEMASON IS., LA
Aircraft: CESSNA A185F, registration: N61394
Injuries: 1 Fatal,3 Minor.

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 WAS ON THE RETURN LEG OF A FISHING TRIP AT NIGHT. ACCORDING TO THE PLT, THE FLOAT PLANE LIFTED OFF AFTER A FAIRLY LONG RUN ON SMOOTH WATER. HE STATED THAT AT 200 FT AGL & 90 KTS, HE INITIATED A 10 TO 15 DEG RIGHT TURN & ROLLED OUT ON A HEADING OF 350 DEG. AT ABOUT THAT TIME, THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH THE WATER. THE PLT DID NOT HEAR OR FEEL ANYTHING UNUSUAL BEFORE IMPACT & HE DID NOT FEEL THE ACFT DESCEND. AFTER CRASHING, THE ACFT SANK IN APRX 15 FT OF WATER. THE PASSENGER IN THE RIGHT FRONT SEAT WAS NOT FOUND AFTER THE ACCIDENT & WAS PRESUMED TO HAVE DROWNED. THE PLT STATED THAT HE & THE RIGHT FRONT SEAT PASSENGER WERE NOT WEARING THEIR SEAT BELTS. HOWEVER, THE 2 TALKED TO ONE ANOTHER IN THE AIR POCKET WITHIN THE ACFT BEFORE EXITING & THE PASSENGER DID NOT MENTION ANY INJURY AT THAT TIME.

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

CLIMB..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER,GLASSY


Contributing Factors

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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