NTSB Identification: NYC82FGT15
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 26, 1982 in PEACH BOTTOM, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/26/1983
Aircraft: AERONCA 11AC, registration: N9451E
Injuries: 3 Fatal,2 Serious,4 Minor.

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 NON-CERTIFICATED PILOT TOOK OFF WITH ONE PASSENGER ON BOARD AND WITH BOTH DOORS REMOVED. WITNESSES OBSERVED THE PILOT MAKE A NUMBER OF PASSES NEAR BOATS, UNDER POWER LINES AND NEAR PEOPLE ON THE SURFACE. A NUMBER OF WITNESSES STATED THE PASSENGER WAS SITTING WITH HIS LEGS HANGING OUT THE PASSENGER'S DOORWAY. DURING ONE OF THE PASSES, THE AIRCRAFT HIT THE FRONT END OF A BOAT. THE PASSENGER IN THE AIRCRAFT AND TWO OCCUPANTS ON THE BOAT WERE FATALLY INJURED. THE PILOT AND ONE OCCUPANT ON THE BOAT WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE PILOT HAD BEEN FLYING REGULARLY, HE HAD ABOUT 313 HRS TOTAL FLYING TIME, BUT HAD NO MEDICAL OR PILOT CERTIFICATE. NO AUTHORIZATION HAD BEEN OBTAINED TO FLY THE AIRCRAFT WITHOUT DOORS. THE PILOT REPORTED ADDING 12 GAL OF AUTO FUEL BEFORE TAKEOFF. THE PLANE HAD FLOWN ABOUT 3.5 HRS BEFORE CRASHING. DUE TO IMPACT DAMAGE AND BEING SUBMERGED IN WATER, THE AMOUNT OF FUEL ON BOARD AT IMPACT WAS NOT DETERMINED. THE PILOT'S BLOOD/ALCOHOL LEVEL WAS REPORTED AS .14%.

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

BUZZING..PERFORMED..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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

QUALIFICATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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