NTSB Identification: MIA86FA080.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30555.
Accident occurred Monday, February 17, 1986 in MOORE HAVEN, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31-310, registration: N7EA
Injuries: 2 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.

ON FEBRUARY 17, 1986 THE WRECKAGE OF N7EA ALONG WITH THE SKELETAL REMAINS OF TWO PERSONS WERE FOUND. THE ACFT CRASHED INTO TREES CAUSING THE SEPARATION OF THE OUTBOARD SIX FEET OF LEFT WING AND THEN CONTINUED CRASHING THROUGH MORE TREES BEFORE COLLIDING WITH THE GROUND. THE ACFT CAUGHT FIRE DURING THE IMPACT SEQUENCE AND WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED BY POST CRASH FIRE. FUEL FITTINGS AND PUMPS USED IN ACFT FUEL SYSTEMS WERE FOUND IN THE CABIN AREA OF THE WRECKAGE. ALSO THE CLOSURE MECHANISMS FOR SEVERAL MILITARY TYPE DUFFLE BAGS WERE FOUND AND ONLY TWO SEATS WERE INSTALLED IN THE COCKPIT. EXAMINATION OF THE ENGS REVEALED BOTH TO BE OPERABLE AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. THE DATE AND TIME OF THE ACCIDENT COULD NOT BE DETERMINED. THE ORIGIN AND DESTINATION OF THE FLT COULD ALSO NOT BE DETERMINED. THE ACFT WAS LAST SEEN AT THE FT. LAUDERDALE EXECUTIVE ARPT ON 2/3/86.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..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



Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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