Accident Piper PA-46-500TP Malibu Meridian N428DC, Sunday 11 January 2009
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Date:Sunday 11 January 2009
Type:Silhouette image of generic P46T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-46-500TP Malibu Meridian
Registration: N428DC
MSN: 4697124
Year of manufacture:2002
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:East Milton, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Anderson, IN (AID)
Destination airport:Destin, FL (DTS)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot filed a flight plan from his home airport to an airport about 1 mile from the Gulf of Mexico. During the flight, the pilot reported to air traffic control that he was encountering moderate to severe turbulence and, later, that the windshield was "cracking." After reporting the loss of the airplane’s door, the pilot advised that the windshield "has gone." The pilot later transmitted that the airplane’s flight controls were locked, that he was bleeding profusely, and that he was "graying out." The pilot further advised that he intended to "point the aircraft at the gulf," and he then parachuted from the airplane without advising air traffic control. As the airplane continued toward the Gulf of Mexico, air traffic controllers continued attempts to assist the pilot, with no response. The airplane eventually impacted wooded terrain, under power, about 18 nautical miles north of the Gulf of Mexico and about 100 yards from a residential area. An examination of the wreckage revealed no preimpact failures or malfunctions, that the door was still attached to the airframe, and that the windshield was undamaged and secured in its frame. A law enforcement investigation subsequently determined that the pilot, who was facing legal problems, intentionally parachuted from the aircraft near where he had previously stashed a motorcycle. The pilot was apprehended and subsequently plead guilty to federal criminal charges.
Probable Cause: The pilot's intentional inflight abandonment of the airplane.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA09FA133
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 11 months
Download report: Final report





Photo: NTSB

Revision history:

12-Jan-2009 06:11 robbreid Added
12-Jan-2009 06:12 harro Updated
12-Jan-2009 09:58 gunther.kenya Updated
06-Jun-2009 01:45 slowkid Updated
16-Sep-2010 15:14 harro Updated [Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
01-Dec-2017 11:39 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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