The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and subsequent post crash fire following an in-flight collision with terrain approximately seven miles southwest of South Bay, Fla., at about 2015 Eastern time. The Private pilot, the sole occupant of the airplane, was fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed; the flight originated from Tampa, Fla., about one hour prior to the accident with an intended destination of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Witnesses reported the pilot had flown the airplane to Tampa earlier in the day to have it serviced and was returning home when the accident occurred. The airplanes estimated total time since new was approximately 25 hours.