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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133418
Last updated: 22 April 2019
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Date:24-JUL-1994
Time:15:07
Type:Silhouette image of generic AEST model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ted Smith Aerostar 601
Owner/operator:Island Air Exports, Inc.
Registration: N63317
C/n / msn: 61-0054-103
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Atlantic Ocean, 23 nm ENE of West Palm Beach, Florida, -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Palm Beach International Airport, West Palm Beach, Florida (PBI/KBPI)
Destination airport:MYA
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On July 24, 1994, about 1507 eastern daylight time, a Piper Aerostar 601, N63317, registered to Island Air Export, Inc., was ditched in the Atlantic Ocean 23 nautical miles east-northeast from the Palm Beach International Airport, West Palm Beach, Florida, while on a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and a VFR flight plan was filed. The airplane was not recovered and is presumed to be destroyed. The airline transport-rated pilot sustained serious injuries. The flight originated about 14:58 from the Palm Beach International Airport, West Palm Beach, Florida.

The pilot stated that smoke and heat started coming from under the instrument panel followed by failure of the communication radios. He then turned off the master battery switch and smoke "poured" out from under the instrument panel. He elected to ditch the airplane near a boat and he was rescued by the occupants.

The airplane was not recovered; therefore, no determination could be made as to the reason for the reported smoke in the cockpit.

PROBABLE CAUSE:AN ELECTRICAL SYSTEM SHORT FOR UNDETERMINED REASONS.

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: MIA94LA182 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20001206X01813&ntsbno=MIA94LA182&akey=1
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=63317


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Jul-2016 16:48 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Country, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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