NTSB Identification: MIA87FA250A.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36393.
Accident occurred Saturday, September 19, 1987 in ST. PETERSBURG, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/16/1989
Aircraft: Commonwealth 185, registration: N92919
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT OF THE COMMONWEALTH ERRONEOUSLY REPORTED HIS POSITION TO THE TOWER FOR LANDING INSTRUCTIONS. HE THEN FAILED TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS AND COLLIDED WITH A BEECH 23 ACFT THAT WAS ON DOWNWIND LEG TO LAND AT ALBERT WHITTED AIRPORT. BOTH ACFT INVOLVED IN THE MID-AIR THEN FELL INTO TAMPA BAY ABOUT 1 MILE EAST OF THE ARPT.

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

INSTRUCTIONS,WRITTEN/VERBAL..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL SEPARATION..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT OF OTHER AIRCRAFT



Contributing Factors

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

VFR PROCEDURES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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