NTSB Identification: MIA95FA087.
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Accident occurred Friday, March 17, 1995 in VERO BEACH, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/19/1996
Aircraft: CESSNA 337F, registration: N1842M
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 AIRPLANE WAS IN CRUISE FLIGHT ON A NORTH HEADING WHEN THE PILOT WAS GIVEN SIGMET INFORMATION BY AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL (ATC) FOR THUNDERSTORMS PRESENT IN THE AREA. THE PILOT REQUESTED TO DEVIATE FROM HIS ASSIGNED CLEARANCE, AND ATC SUGGESTED A NORTHWEST HEADING, WHICH THE PILOT ACCEPTED. THE AIRPLANE WAS LAST SEEN ON RADAR AT 0925, AND NO FURTHER COMMUNICATIONS TRANSPIRED. THE AIRPLANE WAS OBSERVED BY A WITNESS CRASHING INTO AN ORANGE GROVE NEAR VERO BEACH DURING HEAVY RAIN. THE AIRPLANE BROKE UP IN FLIGHT.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO AVOID A THUNDERSTORM. THE THUNDERSTORM WAS A FACTOR. Full narrative available
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