NTSB Identification: MIA88LA109.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36153.
Accident occurred Thursday, February 18, 1988 in STUART, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/18/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N43253
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.

BFR DEPG AT NGT WITH NO FLT PLAN, NON-INST RATED PLT WAS ADZD OF PSBL CLDS FORMING AT A LOW LVL. EN ROUTE, HE GOT RADAR FLT FLWG. APCHG HIS DESTN, HE GOT VCTRS & ALT CHGS TO AVOID WX & OTR ACFT. AT 2001:04, RADAR SVC WAS TRMTD WITH PALM BCHAPCH CTL TO CONT VFR TO STUART ARPT. AT 2001:24, AFTER CTCG STUART TWR, THE PLT RCVD LNDG INSTRNS. AT 2004:10, HE SAID HE COULDN'T FIND THE ARPT & HAD CLDS AHEAD. AT 2005:45, HE SAID HE WAS IN CLDS & WAS CLIMBING TO 2500'. AT 2008:05, HE CHGD BACK TO APCH CTL FREQ & RPRTD HAVING A PRBLM WITH WX & REQUESTED HELP. WHEN ASKED WHAT HE WANTED, HE REPLIED: 'TURNAROUND SOUTHBOUND.' AT 2008:43, THE CTLR RPRTD RADAR CTC, 10 MI SOUTH OF STUART & ASKED (TWICE) ABT HIS INTENTIONS; BOTH TIMES, THE PLT ASKED FOR SOUTHBOUND HDG. AT 2009:01, CTLR GAVE HIM A 180 DEG VCTR & TOLD HIM TO MAINT VFR; THE PLT REPLIED HE WAS NOT VFR & SUBSEQUENTLY ASKED IF THE CTLR WANTED HIM TO CLMB. CTLR ADZD HE COULD CLIMB AT HIS DISCRETION, BUT HE (THE CTLR) COULDN'T REALLY TELL HIM WHAT TO DO; SOON THEREAFTER, CTC WITH ACFT WAS LOST & IT CRASHED IN THE OCEAN

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

AIRCRAFT CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

RADAR ASSISTANCE TO VFR AIRCRAFT..INADEQUATE..ATC PERSONNEL(DEP/APCH)


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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