NTSB Identification: MIA83FA149.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22838.
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 31, 1983 in FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23C-250, registration: N6103Y
Injuries: 5 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.

THE ACFT CRASHED SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF. ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, THE ACFT VEERED TO THE LEFT LOSING ALTITUDE AND SUDDENLYFLIPPED TO THE LEFT CRASHING ABOUT 1/2 MILE FROM THE ARPT IN A STEEP LEFT BANK. THE LANDING GEAR WAS REPORTED IN A DOWN POSITION. AN AIRLINE PLT REPORTED THAT THE ACFT APPEARED TO BE IN DIFFICULTY AFTER TAKEOFF AS IT BEGAN TO PORPOISE. APPARENTLY THE GEAR WAS NOT RETRACTED AS THE PLT FOUGHT THE ACFT AND AS HE BEGAN A TURN TO THE LEFT. HE OBSERVED THE ACFT TURN COMPLETELY UPSIDE DOWN, POINT NEARLY STRAIGHT DOWN AND EXPLODE ON CONTACT. ONE WITNESS REPORTED 'THE LEFT ENGINE WAS ON FIRE AND I COULD SEE SMOKE ALSO.' THE MAXIMUM ALT ATTAINED BY THE ACFT WAS ESTIMATED AS 55 FT. THE POST ACCIDENT EXAMINATION REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF POWER PLANT FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED

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