NTSB Identification: MIA98FA239.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 06, 1998 in DAYTONA BEACH, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/16/2001
Aircraft: Piper PA-44-180, registration: N922ER
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 pilot gained unauthorized access to the aircraft and departed the airport followed a short time later by a request to ATC for an ILS approach to runway 7 left. As the flight approached the runway it was observed at a high altitude and when questioned if he could get down and land, the pilot reported 'this will be my final landing.' Witnesses observed the aircraft fly over the end of the runway at about 600 feet and then descend in a nose low attitude until impact with the runway. Engine power was observed to go to full power as the aircraft descended. The pilot was observed to have consumed alcohol beverages prior to the accident and was found to have a alcohol level of .15 g/dl in the liver. The pilot left a note stating 'I do not want to live.' The Medical Examiners Office ruled the manner of death as suicide.

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

The pilot's use of the aircraft to commit suicide.

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