NTSB Identification: MIA83LA012
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 12, 1982 in NEAR ST. CROIX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/12/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-300, registration: N77QT
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT DEPARTED ST CROIX, VI AT ABOUT 2000 LOCAL TIME ON A VFR FLIGHT TO SAN JUAN, PR. THE WEATHER WAS VFR, BUT IT WAS A DARK NIGHT. THE AIRCRAFT FAILED TO ARRIVE AT ITS DESTINATION AND A SEARCH WAS INITIATED. ABOUT 10 MILES NORTHWEST OF THE ST CROIX VOR, FLOATING DEBRIS WAS FOUND WHICH INCLUDED A SEAT, ONE MAIN GEAR, SOME INSULATION PANELS AND THE AIRCRAFT REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE. AN EXAMINATION OF THE RECOVERED PARTS SHOWED THAT THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED THE OCEAN WATER AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED

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