NTSB Identification: ATL83FA049
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, December 02, 1982 in OCEAN CITY, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/02/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-250, registration: N5284P
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 PILOT AND PASSENGER BODIES WERE RECOVERED FROM THE ATLANTIC OCEAN NEAR OCEAN CITY, MD. BOTH PERSONS HAD DIED OF DROWNING WITHOUT SERIOUS TRAUMATIC INJURIES. THE AIRCRAFT WAS NOT RECOVERED. LOW CEILINGS AND VISIBILITIES WERE REPORTEDIN THE AREA THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND EVENING. ACCORDING TO A MEDICAL EXAMINER'S ESTIMATE, THE OCCUPANTS HAD BEEN IN THE WATER ABOUT SIX HOURS WHEN THEY WERE FOUND AT 2314 EST. THE PILOT WAS NOT INSTRUMENT RATED AND THE AIRCRAFT WAS NOT EQUIPPED FOR INSTRUMENT FLIGHT.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED
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