NTSB Identification: MIA98FAMS2.
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Accident occurred Friday, March 27, 1998 in MISSING
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/2000
Aircraft: Cessna 182H, registration: N8460S
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 airplane was equipped with 2 VOR and 1 ADF receivers; no GPS receiver was installed. The pilot was using an incorrect route segment for the flight. The pilot advised the ARTCC controller that only 1 VOR receiver was operable, the ADF was inoperative, and he was unable to receive the VOR signal from Great Exuma, where he planned to refuel. The flight continued then the pilot advised the controller that the engine was running rough and the flight descended to 4,000 feet, where radio contact was lost. A 4-day search for the airplane was performed with negative results. The pilot had never flown in the Bahamas or Caribbean before while acting as pilot-in-command and had never flown a Cessna 182 before. The destination airport does not have an instrument approach and landing at night is not permitted. The calculated arrival time was after the end of civil twilight at the destination airport. The VOR located on Great Exuma Island, Bahamas, maintained by the Airway Facilities Section of the Department of Civil Aviation, Bahamas, was out of service on the day of the flight and had been out of service since March 1996; no NOTAM was in effect on the day of the flight, and this information was not published.

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


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