NTSB Identification: ATL84FA068.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23318.
Accident occurred Saturday, December 17, 1983 in CHESAPEAKE, VA
Aircraft: CESSNA C-172M, registration: N4275R
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

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 ACRT CRASHED INTO A LAKE WHILE MAKING A LOW PASS WHEN THE PLT WAS DISTRACTED BY A PASSENGER DOOR THAT WOULD NOT STAY LATCHED. THE ACFT COLLIDED WHILE TURNING AND THE PLT STATED THAT HE WAS TRYING TO HELP THE PASSENGER CLOSE THE DOOR. HE ALSO STATED THAT HE WAS DISTRACTED BY REFLECTIONS IN THE WATER AND HIS NEXT CONSCIOUS MOMENT WAS BEING IN THE WATER STILL STRAPPED TO THE SEAT. NEITHER OF THE TWO OCCUPANTS HAD THEIR SHOULDER HARNESS FASTENED. THE PASSENGERWAS KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS AND DROWNED.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..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:

LOW PASS..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER,GLASSY


Contributing Factors

DOOR,PASSENGER..OPEN


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE,ADJUSTMENT..NOT ATTAINED..COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

DOOR,PASSENGER..NOT ENGAGED


Contributing Factors

DOOR,PASSENGER..INCORRECT


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK

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