In The Rockford Files episode ‘Forced Retirement’, a Navion is ditched in the ocean.
I searched N8825H and found out that it still holds a valid certificate and is owned by a Delaware corporation. I tried the NTSB accident investigation database, and no files were found.
Question 1: Since the aircraft was ditched and must have suffered some sort of damage, why isn’t there an NTSB report on the incident?
Question 2: Given how cheap airplanes used to be in the '70s, even classic ones like the Navion (especially ‘old ones’ like the Navion), how could recovery and reconstruction have been worth it?
Question 3: After ‘Superstorm’ Sandy, a fairly new Beechcraft Bonanza had been submerged in salt water. The dataplate was pulled and, even though the aircraft was made perfectly airworthy, it had to be re-registered in the Experimental category. How serious is a saltwater ditching, in terms of structural integrity? Also, why would an airplane that probably suffered structural damage (the Navion) not be in the Experimental category, while the dataplate was pulled from the Bonanza?