NTSB Identification: MIA84FA199.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24659.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 04, 1984 in ST. CROIX
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N9321H
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.

SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, THE ACFT CRASHED APRX 200 YARDS OFF THE NORTHWEST SHORE OF ST. CROIX, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. WITNESSES STATED THE ACFT APPEARED TO BE IN STRAIGHT & LEVEL FLIGHT WITH THE ENG RUNNING UNTIL IT SUDDENLY PITCHED STRAIGHT DOWN INTO THE OCEAN. THEY ALSO REPORTED THAT THE WX ALONG THE NORTHWEST COAST AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT CONSISTED OF RAIN, THUNDER, LIGHTNING & HIGH WIND. THE PLT RECEIVED A WX BRIEFING FROM THE ST. CROIX TWR APRX 7 MINS PRIOR TO TAKEOFF DURING WHICH HE WAS ADVISED OF THUNDERSTORMS NORTHWEST THRU NORTHEAST OF THE ARPT. THE ACFT CRASHED INTO 135 FT OF WATER & THE WRECKAGE WAS NOT RECOVERED. TOXICOLOGICAL TESTS SHOWED THE PLT'S BLOOD/ALCOHOL LEVEL WAS 0.093% & THE PASSENGER'S WAS 0.081%.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..THUNDERSTORM


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE(THUNDERSTORMS)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND


Contributing Factors

HAZARDOUS WEATHER ADVISORY..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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