NTSB Identification: LAX83LJA04.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20303.
Accident occurred Sunday, January 09, 1983 in NEAR HONOLULU, HI
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-151, registration: N32658
Injuries: 1 Minor,2 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.

THE PLT & PASSENGERS DEPARTED ON A SIGHT-SEEING FLT TO VIEW A VOLCANO ON THE ISLAND OF HAWAII VIA KONA, HI & RETURN. THE FUEL TANKS HAD BEEN TOPPED OFF BEFORE DEPARTURE, & REPORTEDLY, THERE WAS SUFFICIENT FUEL FOR THE FLT. EXCEPT FOR DIFFICULTIES IN STARTING THE ENGINE (WHICH REQUIRED A JUMPED START DUE TO A LOW BATTERY), THE FLT WAS UNEVENTFUL UNTIL THE ACFT WAS BETWEEN MOLOKAI & HONOLULU. AT THAT TIME, THE ENGINE SPUTTERED & BEGAN TO RUN ROUGH. THE PLT MANAGED TO GET THE ENGINE RUNNING SMOOTHLY FOR A TIME BY ADJUSTING THE MIXTURE CONTROL, BUT THEN IT SPUTTERED AGAIN & QUIT RUNNING. THE ACFT WAS DITCHED IN THE OPEN SEA, & ABOUT 2 HRS LATER, THE OCCUPANTS WERE RESCUED BY THE COAST GUARD. THE ACFT SANK & WAS NOT RECOVERED.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED

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