NTSB Identification: MIA82FA045
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, February 11, 1982 in MIAMI, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/11/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 421, registration: N24CC
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 FLIGHT DEPARTED THE TAMIAMI AIRPORT, MIAMI, FLORIDA AT APPROXIMATELY 2100 EST ON FEBRUARY 9, 1982. THERE WAS NO FLIGHT PLAN FILED AND THE PURPOSE, DESTINATION, AND LOCATIONS OF POSSIBLE ENROUTE STOPS WERE NOT DETERMINED. THE NEXT REPORTED COMMUNICATION WITH THE FLIGHT WAS AT 0533 ON FEBRUARY 11, 1982 WHEN THE FOLLOWING TRANSMISSION WAS RECORDED ON THE MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT'S CONTROL TOWER FREQUENCY: "MAYDAY-MAYDAY-MAYDAY TWIN CESSNA 421CC GOING IN WEST OF MIAMI, GOING IN WEST OF MIAMI." THE AIRCRAFT INITIALLY IMPACTED THE TERRAIN WHILE ON AN EASTERLY HEADING IN A NEAR LEVEL ATTITUDE. IT BOUNCED AND IMPACTED THE SECOND TIME IN A 40 DEGREE NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE AND FLIPPED INVERTED. THE WING FUEL TANKS RUPTURED IN THE CRASH BUT THE MAIN TANKS WERE INTACT AND FOUND VOID OF FUEL. BOTH PROPELLERS SEPARATED DURING THE CRASH SEQUENCE AND THE BLADE DISTORTIONS WERE NOT INDICATIVE OF POWER AT THE TIME OF IMPACT.

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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