NTSB Identification: MIA99LA155.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, May 12, 1999 in ATLANTIC OCEAN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/02/2001
Aircraft: Aero Commander 500B, registration: N6138X
Injuries: 1 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 flight was on approach, and the pilot was in radio contact with approach control. For unknown reasons the pilot performed a 360-degree turn, without permission from the controller, and was then vectored to a different runway. After acknowledging the clearance to the new runway, the controller lost all contact with the flight. None of the radio communications indicated that the pilot was having mechanical or medical problems. A search was initiated by air and a debris field was located. Five yellow life jackets, 1 six man life raft, several unidentified pieces of white and gold airframe were recovered. The pilot and the wreckage were never recovered from the water. At the time of the accident the pilot's license had been suspended by the FAA.

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

an in-flight collision with water for undetermined reasons, due to the wreckage never being recovered from the water.

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