NTSB Identification: MIA82FLD15
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 06, 1982 in FT. PIERCE, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/06/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31, registration: N747CE
Injuries: 2 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.

THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED AT NIGHT NEAR A PRIVATE STRIP IN MARGINAL WEATHER CONDITIONS. THE GEAR WAS FOUND IN THE UP POSITION, THE RIGHT ENGINE WAS BROKEN OFF, THE NOSE SECTION WAS CRUSHED BACK TO THE WINDSHIELD, AND BOTH PROPELLERS WERE BENT AND TWISTED. ABOUT 1300 LBS OF MARIJUANA WAS FOUND ON BOARD.

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

STOLEN AIRCRAFT/UNAUTHORIZED USE..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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