NTSB Identification: MIA92FA058.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45953.
Accident occurred Saturday, January 11, 1992 in LANTANA, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/11/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 402B, registration: N3767C
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.

FLT DEPARTED AND UPON REACHING A POINT APPROX 35 MILES NORTH OF ARPT PLT REQUESTED RETURN TO ARPT FROM ATC. PLT DID NOT DECLARE EMERGENCY OR REPORT AN ENGINE PROBLEM. UPON ENTERING TRAFFIC PATTERN AT UNCONTROLLED ARPT PLT STATED HE WOULD FOLLOW A CESSNA 152 FOR LANDING. ON SHORT FINAL ACFT WAS SEEN MAKING S TURNS TO MAINTAIN SPACING BEHIND 152. PLT THEN DECLARED HE HAD AN ENGINE SHUTDOWN AND NEEDED TO LAND. 152 WAS IN LANDING FLARE AND LANDED. WITH 152 ON RUNWAY PLT ATTEMPTED A GO AROUND WITH FULL FLAPS EXTENDED, GEAR DOWN, LEFT ENG SHUTDOWN, AND AT A SLOW AIRSPEED. ACFT ROLLED TO LEFT UPON APPLICATION OF RIGHT ENG POWER AND NOSED DOWN FROM WHICH IT CRASHED. THE NUMBER TWO CYLINDER OF THE LEFT ENG HAD SUFFERED SEPARATION OF THE HEAD FROM THE BARREL. PLT LOGBOOK DID NOT REFLECT PLT HAVING CURRENT BIENNIAL FLT REVIEW.

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

THE PILOT IN COMMANDS FAILURE TO MAINTAIN AIRSPEED ABOVE SINGLE ENGINE MINIMUM CONTROL SPEED RESULTING IN AN INFLIGHT LOSS OF CONTROL AND COLLISION WITH TERRAIN. CONTRIBUTING TO THE ACCIDENT WAS THE PILOT IN COMMAND'S FAILURE TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY AND REQUEST PRIORITY LANDING AND HIS DECISION TO FOLLOW A SLOWER AIRCRAFT IN THE PATTERN.

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