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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45486
Last updated: 5 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P32T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-32RT-300
Registration: N9738C
MSN: 32R-7885071
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Atlantic Ocean, AO -   Bahamas
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Freeport, (MYFG)
Destination airport:Palm Beach, FL (PBI)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The non-instrument rated private pilot encountered level 4 thunderstorms and collided into the Atlantic Ocean, 15 miles west of Freeport, Bahamas. There were no records of weather briefings made to the pilot by the Federal Aviation Administration prior to the accident. According to the Miami Air Route Traffic Control Center, the airplane was at a cruise altitude of 4700 feet when radio and radar contact was lost. During the subsequent search for the missing airplane, the Coast Guard recovered three occupants and about 300 pounds of aircraft wreckage/debris.

Probable Cause: The pilot continued VFR flight into IMC and thunderstorm conditions which resulted in spatial disorientation and subsequent loss of control of the airplane.



Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
09-Dec-2017 16:54 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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