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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 26645
Last updated: 1 November 2019
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Date:01-JUN-1983
Time:13:40 EDT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PAY2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31T Cheyenne II
Owner/operator:Gee & Jenson Inc t/a Beach Airways
Registration: N831PC
C/n / msn: 31T-8020001
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Atlantic Ocean, off West Palm Beach, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Rock Sound International Airport, South Eleuthera, Bahamas (MYER)
Destination airport:Palm Beach International Airport, West Palm Beach, Florida (PBI/KBPI)
Narrative:
WHILE ON AN OVER WATER FLIGHT, BOTH ENGINES LOST POWER & THE PILOT DITCHED THE AIRCRAFT AT SEA. BEFORE DITCHING, THE PILOT REPORTED THAT THE AIRCRAFT WAS OUT OF FUEL, THE ATC CONTROLLER CONTACTED A US COAST GUARD HELICOPTER THAT WAS ON HIS FREQUENCY & REQUESTED ASSISTANCE. THE HELICOPTER WAS FLOWN TO THE DITCHING AREA & THE DOWNED PERSONNEL WERE RESCUED.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND
FLUID..EXHAUSTION
FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND"

The wreckage of the Piper PA-31 "flipped over" as it sank into 120 feet of water (see link #4 for photos of the wreckage as it was in July 2012). Registration N831PC cancelled by the FAA on September 5, 1984.

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: MIA83LA151 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001214X43440&key=1
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=831PC
3. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.baaa-acro.com/1983/archives/crash-of-a-piper-pa-31-cheyenne-in-west-palm-beach/]
4. http://www.spearboard.com/showthread.php?t=148790


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
03-Aug-2017 20:03 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]
10-Sep-2017 22:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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