NTSB Identification: NYC95LA092.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 23, 1995 in CLEVELAND, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/08/1995
Aircraft: MOONEY M20J, registration: N9969X
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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THE PILOT WAS APPROACHING THE AIRPORT TO LAND WHEN THE ENGINE BEGAN TO RUN ROUGH. AS HE NEARED THE AIRPORT, THE ROUGHNESS STOPPED. HE THEN ELECTED TO OVERFLY THE AIRPORT AND LAND ON A DIFFERENT RUNWAY. AS THE AIRPLANE TURNED FINAL, THE ENGINE LOST ALL POWER AND THERE WAS INSUFFICIENT ALTITUDE TO REACH THE RUNWAY. THE PILOT DITCHED IN THE WATER, AVOIDING A ROCKY AREA NEXT TO THE RUNWAY. FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE FUEL TANKS. THE ENGINE WAS ROUGH WHEN RAN. THE FUEL CONTROL UNIT, FUEL INJECTORS AND FUEL SERVO WERE CHECKED, AND FOUND TO BE WITHIN THE MANUFACTURER'S SPECIFICATIONS.

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

the loss of engine power for undetermined reasons, and the pilot's improper decision to fly an extended landing pattern after experiencing a partial loss of engine power.

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