NTSB Identification: LAX97LA087.
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Accident occurred Friday, January 10, 1997 in SANTA CRUZ IS., CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/14/1997
Aircraft: Beech C24R, registration: N18892
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The pilot reported that the engine's power reduced to near idle while cruising at 9,300 feet msl over the Pacific Ocean. This was accompanied by a tremendous engine related vibration. There was no evidence of an oil leak, and the propeller continued to rotate. The pilot further reported that he switched fuel tanks and checked the magnetos, but engine power was not restored. The pilot ditched the airplane in the ocean and swam about 1/2 mile to shore. There were no life preservers onboard. The airplane has not been recovered. The U.S. Coast Guard subsequently reported that the water's depth was about 192 feet.

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

A loss of engine power for undetermined reasons.

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