NTSB Identification: MIA85LA240.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29260.
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 28, 1985 in HAWTHORNE, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 310B, registration: N543GT
Injuries: 1 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.

WHILE ON A X-COUNTRY FLT THE PLT STATED THAT THE AUTOPLT WAS ERRATIC, HOT AND SMOKING. THE PLT FURTHER STATED THAT HE CONTINUED TO USE THE AUTOPLT. AT ABOUT 1000 FT ON FINAL APCH THE AUTOPLT FAILED FOR UNKNOWN REASONS AND THE ACFT NOSED DOWN. THE ACFT CRASHED AND WAS TOTALLY CONSUMED BY A POST IMPACT FIRE.

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

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AUTOPILOT/FLIGHT DIRECTOR..UNDETERMINED

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