NTSB Identification: MIA84FA265.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27416.
Accident occurred Friday, September 28, 1984 in BRYCEVILLE, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31-350, registration: N74982
Injuries: 1 Fatal,2 Serious.

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.

FLT DEPARTED IN INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS. AFTER DEPARTURE PLT FAILED TO MAINTAIN ASSIGNED HEADINGS SEVERAL TIMES AND HAD TO BE CORRECTED BY ATC. AFTER 15 MINS OF FLIGHT THE PLT REPORTED HE WAS HAVING PROBLEMS WITH THE RIGHT ENGINE AND WOULD LIKE TO RETURN TO THE ARPT. ATC ADVISED THE PLT THAT CRAIG ARPT WAS AVAILABLE AND WAS CURRENTLY REPORTING VFR CONDITIONS. PLT STATED HE WANTED TO GO TO JAX INT'L BECAUSE THE 4000 FT RWY AT CRAIG WAS NOT LONG ENOUGH. JAX INT'L WAS REPORTING IFR CONDITIONS. THE PLT CONTINUED TO HAVE TROUBLE HOLDING HEADINGS WHILE BEING VECTORED FOR AN ILS APCH. WHILE IN THE DOWNWIND POSITION FOR THE APCH THE PLT ASKED ATC, 'HOW FAR IS 982 FROM LANDING?' AS THE ACFT WAS TURNED ONTO THE LOCALIZER THE PLT CALLED AND STATED HE HAD LOST CONTROL AND WAS IN A SPIN. POST CRASH INSPECTION OF THE RIGHT ENGINE REVEALED THE #5 CYLINDER HAD DETONATED UNTIL A HOLE WAS BURNED IN THE PISTON. ADDITIONALLY THE #5 AND #6 RODS HAD BURN DAMAGE AND THE #6 ROD BOLTS HAD FAILED IN OVERLOAD.

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,CONNECTING ROD..DISCONNECTED

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED(VMC)..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,PISTON..BURNED


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,CONNECTING ROD..BURNED


Contributing Factors

PROPELLER FEATHERING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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