NTSB Identification: MIA87LA070.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32810.
Accident occurred Saturday, January 10, 1987 in PAHOKEE, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/1988
Aircraft: Smith, Ted Aerostar AEROSTAR 601, registration: N181X
Injuries: 2 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.

THE PLT STATED THAT HE WAS CONDUCTING AN OVER WATER APCH TO RWY 17 WHEN HE OBSERVED TRAFFIC PREPARING TO LAND AHEAD OF HIM. HE SLOWED THE ACFT FOR TRAFFIC SEPARATION, LOWERED THE GEAR, & EXTENDED PARTIAL FLAPS. HE THEN STATED THAT HE FELT AN ABNORMAL LOSS OF ALTITUDE & AIRSPEED WHICH HE ATTRIBUTED TO FAILURE OF THE RIGHT ENG, THOUGH THE RUDDER PEDALS DIDN'T FEEL AS THOUGH THE ENG HAD MALFUNCTIONED. HE ADDED POWER TO MAINTAIN AN AIRSPEED ABOVE VMC, THEN FULL POWER AS HE DIDN'T GET THE EXPECTED RESPONSE IN THRUST OR AIRSPEED. THE FLAPS WERE THEN RETRACTED & THE ACFT CRASHED INTO THE LAKE. POST CRASH EXAMINATION OF THE RIGHT ENG REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF MALFUNCTION.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DESCENT..EXCESSIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/MUSH..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

RAISING OF FLAPS..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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