Date & Time: Aug 14, 1994 at 2303 LT
Type of aircraft:
Piper PA-61 Aerostar (Ted Smith 601)
Lake, Sea, Ocean, River
Myrtle Beach – Oxford
Sea Isle City
United States of America
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
While in cruise flight in a level six thunderstorm over the Atlantic Ocean, the pilot reported the airplane's 'gyro' had failed. The airplane then began a left turn and disappeared off radar. The airplane and its occupants were located on the ocean floor about 48 days after the accident. The airplane had broken apart in-flight. The outboard section of each wing and the tail section were not recovered. The airplane's pneumatic system was destroyed. According to fss records, the pilot had been briefed on the weather along his route of flight.
The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control. Factors contributing to the accident were the presence of a level 6 thunderstorm, loss of gyro's for an undetermined reason, and the pilot's poor weather evaluation.