NTSB Identification: MIA83FA158.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22523.
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 08, 1983 in FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23-250, registration: N619MP
Injuries: 1 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.

DURING FLT, THE ACFT WAS OBSERVED FLYING FROM WEST TO EAST ACROSS THE BEACH & OUT OVER THE OCEAN. WITNESSES REPORTED THAT OVER THE OCEAN, THE SKY WAS DARK & THUNDERSTORMS WERE APPROACHING WITH HEAVY LIGHTNING. AS THE ACFT CROSSED THE BEACH, A DISTINCT ENG SOUND WAS HEARD & IT INCREASED AS THE ACFT BANKED STEEPLY TO THE RIGHT & NOSED DOWN TO A NEAR VERTICAL DIVE. WITNESSES STATED THAT THE ACFT STRUCK THE WATER WHILE IN A 75 TO 90 DEG DIVE, WITH THE ENGS AT HIGH RPM. THE ACFT WAS DESTROYED BY IMPACT & SANK IN THE OCEAN. THE ACFT WAS NOT RECOVERED, BUT DIVERS VERIFIED THAT IT WAS N619MP.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


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