NTSB Identification: MIA88LA129.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36084.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 26, 1988 in TERRA CEIA, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/13/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-151, registration: N44759
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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

WHILE ON A CROSS COUNTRY FLT, THE PLT ELECTED TO RETURN TO THE DEPARTURE POINT DUE TO 'BAD WEATHER.' HE LATER ADVISED TOWER PERSONNEL WHEN THE FLT WAS 10 MILES SOUTH, INBOUND FOR LANDING. THE PLT WAS GIVEN LANDING INFORMATION AFTER WHICH HE REPORTED A LOSS OF RPM WHICH HE WAS UNABLE TO CORRECT. THE PLT DITCHED THE ACFT BUT WAS PICKED UP BY A COAST GUARD VESSEL. VMC PREVAILED AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT BUT THE VISIBILITY WAS REDUCED TO 5 MILES BECAUSE OF HAZE & FOG. THE TEMPERATURE/DEWPOINT SPREAD WAS 67/66 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT, RESPECTIVELY. ACCORDING TO AN ADVISORY CIRCULAR IF THE TEMPERATURE IS BETWEEN 20 & 70 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT WITH VISIBLE MOISTURE OR HIGH HUMIDITY, THE PLT SHOULD BE ALERT FOR CARBURETOR ICE. THE FIRST INDICATION OF THIS IS LOSS OF RPM. THE ACFT HAS NOT BEEN RECOVERED.

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

CARBURETOR HEAT..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CARBURETOR ICING CONDITIONS

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