NTSB Identification: MIA92LA143.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 47475.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Sunday, June 28, 1992 in ST. THOMAS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/14/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23-250, registration: N59LD
Injuries: 4 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.

SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, THE PLT CONTACTED THE TOWER & ADVISED OF AN ENGINE FIRE. THE FLT WAS CLEARED TO RETURN BUT THE ACFT CRASHED APRX 5 MILES WEST OF THE ARPT. THE ACFT WAS RECOVERED SEVERAL DAYS AFTER THE ACCIDENT & EXAMINATION REVEALED THAT THE FIRE WAS NEAR THE LEFT ENGINE AREA. THE LEFT ENGINE WAS NOT RECOVERED. ON APRIL 29, 1992, THE LEFT ENGINE FUEL SERVO WAS REMOVED & AN OVERHAULED UNIT WAS INSTALLED. THERE WERE NO FURTHER ENTRIES IN THE LEFT ENGINE LOGBOOK. NO DETERMINATION COULD BE MADE AS TO THE REASON FOR THE FIRE OR THE ORIGIN.

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

IN-FLIGHT FIRE FOR UNDETERMINED REASONS, AND IN-FLIGHT COLLISION WITH THE WATER.

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