NTSB Identification: MIA94LA013.
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Accident occurred Friday, October 29, 1993 in ORMOND BEACH, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/10/1994
Aircraft: BEECH A36, registration: N888AS
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT WAS OBSERVED DEPARTING A BAR AT ABOUT 0230 WITH A TWELVE PACK OF BEER & 2 PERSONS THAT WERE LATER IDENTIFIED AS PASSENGERS OF THE AIRPLANE. HIS BODY & THOSE OF THE 2 PASSENGERS WASHED ASHORE THE NEXT DAY. MOST OF THE AIRPLANE WAS NOT RECOVERED, BUT SOME PARTS OF IT ALSO WASHED ASHORE. THESE INCLUDED AIRCRAFT SEATS THAT WERE TORN FROM THEIR RESPECTIVE TRACKS & A SECTION OF THE LEFT WING THAT BORE THE AIRCRAFT SERIAL NUMBER IN BLACK INK. TOXICOLOGY TESTS OF THE PILOT'S BLOOD WERE POSITIVE FOR ETHANOL (144 MG/DL), ACETALDEHYDE (20 MG/DL), TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL CARBOYLIC ACID (MARIJUANA/ 0.004 UG/ML), DIAZIPAM (0.16 UG/ML), NORDIAZEPAM (0.179 UG/ML), BENZOYLECGONINE (0.378 UG/ML) & HYDROCODONE (0.019 UG/ML). HIS URINE WAS POSITIVE FOR ETHANOL (227 MG/DL), ACETALDEHYDE (6 MG/DL), TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL CARBOXYLIC ACID (0.026 UG/ML), COCAINE (1.642 UG/ML), ICGONINE METHYL ESTER (0.982 MG/ML), & ACETAMINOPHEN (5.7 UG/ML). ALSO, COCAETHYLENE, OXAZEPAM, HYDROCODINE & HYDROMORPHONE WERE DETECTED IN HIS URINE.

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

POOR JUDGEMENT OF THE PILOT, DUE TO CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL AND USE OF DRUGS, AND HIS FAILURE (OR INABILITY) TO MAINTAIN ALTITUDE (OR CLEARANCE) ABOVE WATER AT NIGHT. DARKNESS WAS A RELATED FACTOR.

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