NTSB Identification: FTW94FA226.
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Accident occurred Sunday, July 10, 1994 in GULF OF MEXICO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/24/1995
Aircraft: PIPER PA-34-200, registration: N55120
Injuries: 2 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 RIGHT WING SEPARATED DUE TO OVERLOAD AS THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PRIVATE PILOT ATTEMPTED TO MANEUVER THE AIRPLANE UNDER A LINE OF CONVECTIVE ACTIVITY ALONG HIS ROUTE OF FLIGHT. THE PILOT CONTACTED FLIGHT WATCH REPORTING A RAIN SQUALL ALONG THE ROUTE AND WAS BRIEFED THAT RAIN SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WERE MOVING IN FROM THE COASTLINE. THE CELLS SHOWED LEVEL THREE AND FOUR. THE PILOT REPORTED 'I'M IN SOLID RAIN RIGHT NOW' AND THAT THERE WAS A LOT OF ACTIVITY SOUTH. THE PILOT CONTACTED APPROACH CONTROL FOR VFR FLIGHT FOLLOWING AND WAS BRIEFED ON THUNDERSTORM CELLS IN THE AREA. THE PILOT REPORTED ACTIVITY ON THE COCKPIT STORMSCOPE AND REQUESTED AND RECEIVED A DEVIATION TO THE SOUTH. PORTIONS OF THE WRECKAGE WERE FOUND FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS OVER SEVERAL MILES. CONTINUITY WAS ESTABLISHED TO ALL FLIGHT CONTROLS. EXAMINATION OF THE ONE RECOVERED ENGINE DID NOT REVEAL ANY ANOMALIES THAT WOULD HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE ACCIDENT. PRIOR TO DEPARTURE, THE PILOT RECEIVED WEATHER BRIEFINGS THAT INCLUDED THUNDERSTORM AND RAIN SHOWER ACTIVITY WITH VFR FLIGHT NOT RECOMMENDED.

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

THE PILOT'S CONTINUED FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER. FACTORS WERE THE THUNDERSTORMS AND THE PILOT'S DISREQARD FOR THE FORECASTED ADVERSE WEATHER.

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