NTSB Identification: ERA13LA113
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, January 13, 2013 in Manteo, NC
Aircraft: PIPER PA-34-200T, registration: N6537C
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Minor.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On January 13, 2013, about 1145 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-34-200T, N6537C, was destroyed after impacting Croatan Sound following a go-around at Dare County Regional Airport (MQI) Manteo, North Carolina. The private pilot was fatally injured and the passenger sustained minor injuries. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules clearance was recieved for the personal flight that was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight departed Sanford-Lee County Airport (TTA), Sanford, North Carolina at an undetermined time.

According to preliminary information provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC), the pilot was cleared for the GPS Runway 05 approach to MQI. The last ARTCC control clearance was the termination of radar services and for the pilot to change to the common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF). The pilot switched to the MQI common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF), and made no further radio transmissions to the ARTCC.

A witness who landed at MQI about 20 minutes prior to the accident airplane was on the airfield listening to the airplane on the CTAF. He stated that the airplane broke out of the clouds at about 300 feet above the ground and appeared to be too high and too fast. The airplane then commenced a climbing left turn and the pilot announced on the CTAF that the airplane was on a left base for runway 03, but then corrected his transmission to say runway 05. The witness stated the airplane entered the clouds, disappeared, and he never saw the airplane land. He went on to say that he did not hear any engine surges or unusual noises coming from the airplaneā€™s engines.

The airplane was recovered from 14 feet of water and examined by inspectors from the Federal Aviation Administration. The airplane was destroyed due to extensive damage from a water impact. The airplane propellers and logbook records onboard the airplane was not recovered by the salvage team.

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