NTSB Identification: MIA82FKA05
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, January 04, 1982 in SAINT CROIX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/04/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 206, registration: N5151U
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Minor.

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.

AIRCRAFT LANDED DURING DARKNESS BEFORE CONTROL TOWER HAD OPENED. WHILE TAXIING TO RAMP, AIRCRAFT WAS STRUCK BY AN AMBULANCE AS AIRCRAFT WAS CROSSING PARALLEL TAXIWAY. AIRCRAFT IMMEDIATELY BURST INTO FLAMES, AND AMBULANCE CONTINUED TO TRAVEL THROUGH THE FLAMES, COMING TO A STOP 150 FEET BEYOND AIRCRAFT. AMBULANCE WAS ON A TEST DRIVE ON PARALLEL TAXIWAY,TRAVELING 45 TO 50 MPH WHICH EXCEEDED AIRPORT LIMIT OF 20 MPH. A FIREFIGHTER TRIED TO WARN DRIVER OF AMBULANCE BY RADIO BUT RECEIVED NO RESPONSE. DRIVER STATED HE DID NOT SEE AIRCRAFT NOR DID HE SEE ANY LIGHTS ON AIRCRAFT. WITNESS REPORTED SEEING AIRCRAFT WITH NAVIGATION LIGHTS, LANDING LIGHT AND ANTI-COLLISION LIGHT ON. DRIVER REFUSED BLOOD ALCOHOL TEST AT THE TIME OF ACCIDENT.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..DRIVER OF VEHICLE


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT



Contributing Factors

CONTROL TOWER SERVICE..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

CONTROL TOWER SERVICE..NOT POSSIBLE..DRIVER OF VEHICLE


Contributing Factors

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT OPERATIONS..INADEQUATE..AIRPORT PERSONNEL

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