NTSB Identification: LAX93FA153.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, March 16, 1993 in CARPENTERIA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/22/1994
Aircraft: PIPER PA-34-200, registration: N55334
Injuries: 6 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 FLIGHT DEPARTED FROM AN AIRPORT ABOUT 2307, AFTER THE CONTROL TOWER CLOSED. THE PILOT HAD OBTAINED A BRIEFING FROM FSS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE; NO SIGNIFICANT WEATHER WAS REPORTED FOR THE ROUTE OF FLIGHT OR THE DESTINATION AIRPORT. RECONSTRUCTED RADAR DATA INDICATED THE AIRPLANE FLEW TO THE SOUTH, AND THEN MADE A TURN TO THE NORTHWEST. THE RADAR DATA SHOWED WHAT IS THOUGHT TO BE THE AIRPLANE IN LEVEL FLIGHT FOR SEVERAL MILES. AT A POINT ABOUT 35 MI FROM THE PROBABLE LOCATION OF IMPACT WITH THE OCEAN, RADAR DATA SHOWS THE AIRPLANE BEGAN A DESCENT OF ABOUT 300 FEET PER MINUTE UNTIL IT DISAPPEARED FROM RADAR ABOUT 1 MI OFFSHORE. THE NEXT MORNING, CREWMEMBERS FROM A COMMERCIAL BOAT FOUND AIRPLANE DEBRIS FLOATING IN THE WATER.

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

UNDETERMINED.

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