NTSB Identification: LAX96LA001.
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Accident occurred Sunday, October 01, 1995 in LONG BEACH, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/03/1996
Aircraft: Mooney M20E, registration: N79820
Injuries: 1 Fatal,2 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

While flying over the ocean, the pilot reported to the radar sector controller that the engine lost power. Then the pilot said that the engine restarted, but didn't sound good. Moments later he reported that the engine lost power and that he was going to ditch the airplane in the ocean. The sector controller immediately initiated search and rescue procedures. The two passengers were rescued. Neither the airplane nor the pilot was recovered. A fixed-base operator reported that on the evening before the accident, the airplane's right fuel tank was almost full; the left fuel tank was between 1/4 and 1/2 full. The pilot had purchased the airplane about 2 weeks before the accident; it could not be determined if the pilot received any instruction or a check-out in the airplane.

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

a loss of engine power for undeternined reasons.

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