NTSB Identification: NYC83FA083
Accident occurred Monday, July 12, 1982 in MISSING ACFT, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/12/1983
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AA-1, registration: N5637L
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT CALLED GROUND CONTROL AND REQUESTED A VFR DEPARTURE. HE WAS ADVISED THAT THE FIELD WAS IFR AND AN IFR CLEARANCE WAS NEEDED. THE PILOT FILED AN IFR FLIGHT PLAN AND ABOUT 15 MIN LATER CALLED FOR HIS CLEARANCE. HE HAD TROUBLE COPYING HIS CLEARANCE AND READ IT BACK 4 OR 5 TIMES BEFORE GETTING IT CORRECT. THE PILOT WAS CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF ON RUNWAY 24, LEFT TURN DIRECT TO HAMPTON. HE WAS INSTRUCTED TO CONTACT NEW YORK DEPARTURE CONTROL AFTER TAKEOFF. THE PILOT ACKNOWLEDGED THE INSTRUCTIONS AND CONTACTED DEPARTURE CONTROL. DEPARTURE CONTROL ANSWERED BY STATING "THREE SEVEN LIMA, IF THAT IS YOU, STANDBY A SECOND." THAT WAS THE LAST REPORTED CONTACT WITH THE AIRCRAFT.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED

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