NTSB Identification: ATL84FA078.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23146.
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 28, 1983 in ST. CATHERINES, GA
Aircraft: BEECH BE-36, registration: N4829M
Injuries: 2 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 PLT RECEIVED A WX BRIEFING AT 1037 EST BEFORE DEPARTING ON AN IFR X-COUNTRY. AT 1051, A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING (#537) WAS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WX SVC. WHEN THE PLT REQUESTED AN IFR CLEARANCE AT 1107, HE WAS ADVISED OF THE FRONTAL ACTIVITY. ABOUT 3 MIN LATER, HE WAS BRIEFED ON THE WX WARNING, WHICH HE ACKNOWLEDGED. AT ABOUT 1138, THE PLT WAS ADVISED OF WX IN HIS VICINITY & ALONG HIS PLANNED ROUTE WHICH INCLUDED MODERATE TO SEVERE TURBULENCE & MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN. BASED ON THIS INFO, THE PLT ELECTED TO DIVERT TO SAVANNAH, GA. AT 1139:54, HE REPORTED HIS WX CONDITIONS WERE ROUGH WITH RAIN. AT 1141:11, THE CONTROLLER NOTED THAT HIS TRANSPONDER REPLY SHOWED 2600 FT INSTEAD OF THE ASSIGNED ALT OF 7000 FT. AT ABOUT THAT TIME, RADIO & RADAR CONTACT WERE LOST. THE ACFT WAS PRESUMED TO HAVE CRASHED AT SEA & BOTH PLTS WERE PRESUMED TO HAVE BEEN FATALLY INJURED. A SEARCH OF THE SUSPECTED AREA WAS MADE BY THE COAST GUARD & DEBRIS SUSPECTED FROM THE ACFT WAS FOUND; HOWEVER, THE MAIN WRECKAGE WAS NOT RECOVERED.

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..THUNDERSTORM


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE(THUNDERSTORMS)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN

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