NTSB Identification: MIA89LA046.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38084.
Accident occurred Monday, November 28, 1988 in ATLANTIC OCEAN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/29/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N7926N
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 STUDENT PILOT CONTACTED IFSS AT MIAMI, FL AND FILED AN INTL FLIGHT PLAN TO THE BAHAMAS. HE DID NOT REQUEST A WEATHER BRIEFING AND NONE WAS GIVEN. THE PILOT LATER CONTACTED CONTROLLERS AND STATED THAT HE WAS IN INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED ASSISTANCE. CONTROLLERS ATTEMPTED TO LOCATE HIM ON RADAR BUT BY THE TIME THEY FOUND HIM AND ATTEMPTED TO ASSIST HIM HE DISAPPEARED FROM RADAR OVER THE ATLANTIC OCEAN AND NO FURTHER CONTACTS WERE MADE. THE WX OBSERVATION WAS RECORDED AT 1750 EST AT THE WEST PALM BEACH AIRPORT. NO RECORD OF ANY FLIGHT TIME WAS LOCATED BUT PERSONNEL AT THE LANTANA AIRPORT STATED THAT THEY BELIEVED THAT THE STUDENTS INSTRUCTOR PILOT, A BAHAMIAN CITIZEN, HAD ENDORSED THE PILOTS STUDENT CERTIFICATE FOR FLIGHTS TO AND FROM WEST END, BAHAMAS.

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..INADEQUATE..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:

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..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

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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