NTSB Identification: MIA83FA017
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 20, 1982 in MISSING ACFT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/20/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31, registration: N777AA
Injuries: 8 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 FLT DEPARTED ANGUILLA AT 0803 AST. AT 0805 THE PLT RADIOED ST. MAARTEN & FILED A VFR FLT PLAN TO ST. THOMAS. THE FLT PLAN SHOWED A DIRECT ROUTE OF FLT AT 4,500 FT MSL WITH A TIME ENROUTE OF 45 MIN. THE FLT FAILED TO ARRIVE AT THE DESTINATION. SEARCH EFFORTS WERE SUSPENDED ON 10/23/82 WITH NEGATIVE RESULTS. PLTS FLYING IN THE AREA ON THE ACCIDENT DATE REPORTED THAT AT 0920 THERE WAS A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS EXTENDING NW FROM ST. MAARTEN TO THE ANTIGUA AREA. THE LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS HAD A BASE AS LOW AS 1,000 FT WITH CONTINUOUS HEAVY RAIN BELOW. THE ACFT DAMAGE & INJURIES ARE PRESUMED.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED

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