NTSB Identification: MIA84LA114.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27880.
Accident occurred Monday, March 12, 1984 in SANIBEL ISLAND, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-235, registration: N39677
Injuries: 4 Fatal.

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 ACFT FAILED TO ARRIVE AT ITS DESTINATION. A SATELLITE PHOTO OF THE AREA SHOWED WX & CLOUD COVER BETWEEN THE DEPARTURE & DESTINATION ARPTS. RADAR DATA SHOWED THAT AN ACFT HAD LEFT KEY WEST, FL, AT ABOUT 1700, WENT NORTHBOUND AT 4500 UNTIL IT ENCOUNTER BAD WX. IT THEN TURNED SOUTHWEST FOR ABOUT 7 MI, THEN TURNED NORTH & CLIMBED TO 4900 FT. SHORTLY AFTER THAT, IT LOST 1700 FT IN 24 SECONDS, THEN RADAR CONTACT WAS LOST. HOWEVER, POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION OF THE ACFT WAS NOT MADE. THE BODIES OF 2 OF THE OCCUPANTS WERE RECOVERED, THE OTHER 2 WERE PRESUMED TO HAVE BEEN FATALLY INJURED. THE ACFT WAS PRESUMED TO HAVE BEEN DESTROYED DURING A CRASH IN THAT VICINITY.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED

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