NTSB Identification: MIA85LA198.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28887.
Accident occurred Monday, June 24, 1985 in ATLANTIC OCEAN
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23-250, registration: N21ML
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 REPORTED THAT DURING AN OVERWATER FLT, A FIRE BEGAN IN THE FRONT SECTION OF THE ACFT WHILE HE WAS CRUISING AT 10,500 FT. HE RADIOED HIS POSITION ON THE EMERGENCY FREQ (121.5 MHZ) & SQUAWKED AN EMERGENCY CODE (7700) ON HIS TRANSPONDER. SUBSEQUENTLY, HE DITCHED THE ACFT IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN & WAS RESCUED BY THE COAST GUARD ABOUT 4 HRS LATER. THE ACFT SANK IN THE OCEAN & WAS NOT RECOVERED; THEREFORE, THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE COULD NOT BE DETERMINED. THE PLT SUSPECTED THAT IT WAS AN ELECTRICAL FIRE.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER,ROUGH

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