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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 124475
Last updated: 20 April 2019
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Date:24-OCT-1978
Time:18:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-34-200 Seneca
Owner/operator:Palm Beach Lake Aircraft Inc
Registration: N56855
C/n / msn: 34-7450036
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Atlantic Ocean near Boca Raton, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Rock Sound, Bahamas
Destination airport:San Salvador, Bahamas
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
Pilot reported the accident to the NTSB on December 29, 1978, over two months after the accident took place: aircraft ditched into the Atlantic Ocean off Boca Raton, Florida on October 24 1978. whilst flying between Rock Sound and San Salvador (both in the Bahamas). According to the following excerpt from the official NTSB report into the accident:

"PROBABLE CAUSE(S)
PILOT IN COMMAND - INADEQUATE PRE-FLIGHT PREPARATION AND/OR PLANNING; PILOT BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED
MISCELLANEOUS ACTS,CONDITIONS - FUEL EXHAUSTION; AIRCRAFT CAME TO REST IN WATER
EMERGENCY CIRCUMSTANCES - FORCED LANDING OFF AIRPORT ON WATER"

The pilot - the sole person on board - was not injured.

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: MIA79DA081 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=38380&key=0
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=56855
3. http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/N56855.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
29-Nov-2016 22:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]
29-Nov-2016 22:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Narrative]

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