NTSB Identification: MIA83LA114.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21436.
Accident occurred Sunday, April 10, 1983 in GULF OF MEXICO
Aircraft: CESSNA 310R, registration: N87498
Injuries: 1 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 PLT FLEW FROM MOBILE, AL TO PENSACOLA, FL, WHERE A PASSENGER ENPLANED FOR A FLT TO COLUMBUS, MS. AFTER THE PASSENGER DISEMBARKED AT COLUMBUS, THE PLT TOOK OFF ON AN IFR FLT PLAN BACK TO MOBILE AT AN ALTUTUDE OF 7000 FT. REPORTEDLY, THE FLT PROGRESSED NORMALLY UNTIL 2235 CST WHEN MEMPHIS CENTER PROVIDED INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PLT TO CONTACT HOUSTON CENTER. THERE WAS NO RESPONSE FROM THE PLT & REPEATED ATTEMPTS TO ESTABLISH CONTACT WERE TO NO AVAIL. THE ACFT CONTINUED OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO. AT 2315 CST, THE PLANE BEGAN DESCENDING FROM 7000 FT, AND AT 2318, RADAR CONTACT WAS LOST AS THE ACFT DESCENDED THRU 3500 FT. LATER, PERSONNEL ON AN OIL COMPANY VESSEL FOUND A WING TIP FROM THE ACFT. THE PLT WAS PRESUMED TO HAVE BEEN FATALLY INJURED & THE ACFT WAS PRESUMED TO HAVE BEEN DESTROYED.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED

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