NTSB Identification: MIA88FA009.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35381.
Accident occurred Monday, October 12, 1987 in ST. THOMAS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/27/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23-250, registration: N6475Y
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious,4 Minor.

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.

AFTER DEPARTURE, APRX 3 MILES WEST OF THE ARPT AT ST. THOMAS, THE PLT REPORTED TO THE TOWER THAT THE FLT WAS RETURNING TO LAND DUE TO A LOSS OF POWER FROM THE LEFT ENG. HE SECURED IT, RETURNED TO LAND, & ON SHORT FINAL, POSITIONED THE LANDING GEAR SELECTOR HANDLE DOWN, BUT WITH NO RESULTS. THE TOWER THEN ADVISED THE PLT THAT THE HYDRAULIC PUMP WHICH EXTENDS THE GEAR AND FLAPS IS LOCATED ON THE LT ENG. THE PLT THEN PERFORMED A GO AROUND, PUMPED THE GEAR DOWN, & WHILE ON BASE TO FINAL, ADVISED THE TOWER THAT THE RT ENG WAS MISSING. AFTER TURNING FINAL THE PLT ADVISED THE TOWER THAT THE ACFT WAS GOING IN THE WATER. EXAMINATION OF THE ACFT & ENGS REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OR PRE-IMPACT FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED






Contributing Factors

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND



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