NTSB Identification: MIA95LA056.
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Accident occurred Sunday, January 08, 1995 in ST. PETERSBURG, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/23/1995
Aircraft: MOONEY 20J, registration: N205MD
Injuries: 3 Minor.

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The pilot stated he took off over the bay, climbed to 1,000 feet msl and leveled off. The engine was running rough and the oil pressure was decreasing. He notified the control tower he was returning to the airport. When he decreased power, the engine started to shake violently. A forced landing was made into a bay. The airplane was recovered and the engine was examined by the manufacturer in the presence of the FAA. Disassembly of the engine revealed a separation of the No. 3 connecting rod cap and bolts. Further examination of the components by the NTSB laboratory revealed a failure of the No. 3 connecting rod bolt due to oil starvation for undetermined reasons.

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

The failure of the No. 3 connecting rod bolt due to oil starvation for undetermined reasons. This resulted in a total loss of engine power, forced landing, and subsequent ditching.

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