NTSB Identification: MIA84FA053.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23443.
Accident occurred Friday, December 30, 1983 in WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 210M, registration: N761HZ
Injuries: 3 Fatal,1 Serious.

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.

AT 1926 THE PLT WAS CLEARED FOR THE LOC BC ARCH FOR RWY 27R. AT 1927 THE ACFT ACKNOWLEDGED A CLEARANCE TO LAND. 10 SECS LATER THE RADAR TARGET DISAPPEARED. THE PLT WAS RESCUED AT 2050 FROM THE WATERS OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN ABOUT 1 MIOFF THE BEACH AT WEST PALM BEACH. THE ACFT WAS NOT RECOVERED & THE 3 PAX ARE ARE MISSING. THE PLT STATED THAT HE CROSSEDTHE FAF (KEACH INTERSECTION) AT 900 FT. MINIMUM ALTITUDE AT THE FAF IS 1,600 FT. THIS WAS THE LAST TIME THE PLT RECALLS LOOKING AT THE ALTIMETER. HE REMEMBERS LOOKING OUTSIDE & BELOW THE ACFT & SEEING A CLOUD LAYER. HE ALSO REMEMBERS THINKING THA THE ATIS WX WAS REPORTED AT 500 FT OVERCAST & THAT BY DESCENDING BELOW THIS LAYER HE SHOULD BREAK OUT OF THE CLOUDS.

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

IFR PROCEDURE..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MINIMUM DESCENT ALTITUDE..BELOW..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG

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