NTSB Identification: MIA84FA149.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25908.
Accident occurred Sunday, April 22, 1984 in PANACEA, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N1734J
Injuries: 1 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.

ACFT CRASHED IN WATER SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF. ONE WITNESS STATED THE ACFT ENTERED THE WATER IN A STEEP LEFT BANK AT A HIGH RATE OF DESCENT. WITNESSES ALSO STATED THAT AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT, THE CEILING WAS ABOUT 50 TO 200 FT MSL, VISIBILITY WAS LESS THAN 1/2 MILE AND THE WIND WAS FROM THE SOUTH GUSTING TO 25 KNOTS. EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED NO EVIDENCE TO SUGGEST A PREIMPACT MALFUNCTION OF THE ENGINE, AIRFRAME AND/OR FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEMS.

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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