NTSB Identification: MIA85FA112.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27786.
Accident occurred Monday, March 04, 1985 in JACKSONVILE, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23-250, registration: N100DT
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.

THE SINGLE ENG LAND, PVT PLT HAD AN INSTRUMENT RATING, BUT HAD NO RATING TO FLY MULTI-ENG ACFT. WHILE ON AN ILLEGAL FLT WITH MARIJUANA ON BOARD, HE CONTACTED JACKSONVILLE APCH CONTROL & ADVISED THAT HE COULD NOT SEE THE GROUND DUE TO DENSE GROUND FOG, THE ACFT WAS LOW ON FUEL & HE REQUESTED ASSISTANCE IN LANDING. THE PLT WAS CLEARED FOR AN ILS APCH TO THE JACKSONVILLE INTL ARPT, BUT HE WAS UNABLE TO COMPLETE THE APCH. THE ACFT'S RADIO EQUIPMENT WAS OLD & PROVIDED POOR COMMUNCIATIONS, BUT ATC PSNL MANAGED TO VECTOR THE ACFT FOR A PAR APCH TO THE NAVAL AIR STATION. THE 1ST ATTEMPT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL & THE ACFT'S FUEL STATE BECAME CRITICAL. SUBSEQUENTLY, AN ENG LOST POWER FROM FUEL EXHAUSTION. WHILE THE PLT WAS ATTEMPTING A SINGLE ENG APCH, THE ACFT ENTERED A RGT TURN & CRASHED IN A STEEP NOSE DOWN, RGT WING LOW ATTITUDE. AN EXAM OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED THE RGT ENG WAS FEATHERED & THE LEFT PROP HAD DAMAGE CONSISTENT WITH HIGH POWER.

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:

AIRSPEED(VMC)..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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:

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED



Contributing Factors

INADEQUATE TRAINING..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN KIND OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

QUALIFICATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG

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