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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 14514
Last updated: 22 April 2019
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Date:27-APR-1978
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic AEST model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ted Smith Aerostar 601
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N555BU
C/n / msn: 61-0001
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Gulf of Mexico, between Pompano Beach, and Panama City, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Pompano Beach, FL
Destination airport:Panama City, FL
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
Written off (destroyed) April 27 1978 when went missing on a private flight over the Gulf of Mexico, between Pompano Beach, and Panama City, Florida: aircraft damage & injury index presumed, as no trace of the aircraft or the pilot (the sole person on board) was ever found, nor was anything ever recovered.

The NTSB report notes that the aircraft had known deficienices with instrumentation, and in particular with the altimeter ("PILOT IN COMMAND - ATTEMPTED OPERATION W/KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT INSTRUMENTS/ EQUIPMENT AND ACCESSORIES - FLIGHT AND NAVIGATION INSTRUMENTS: ALTIMETERS). This implies that the aircraft may have flown into the sea en route, due to a faulty altimeter giving a false reading of the aircraft's altitude

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: MIA78DA074 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=42143&key=0&queryId=8cac546a-7ef3-4935-89c0-e14879e79bac&pgno=1&pgsize=200
2. FAA; http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=555BU


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
12-Jul-2016 16:36 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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