NTSB Identification: LAX97LA301.
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Accident occurred Sunday, August 24, 1997 in GOLETA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/04/1998
Aircraft: Beech H35, registration: N222M
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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

The pilot reported that after departure and at approximately 150 feet agl the engine lost power. He reported that he switched fuel tanks and attempted an unsuccessful restart. During a phone conversation with the pilot he stated that the engine seemed to go to idle power during the initial climb. He maneuvered to avoid a boat then ditched the aircraft in the ocean. The pilot and passenger exited the aircraft before it sank. About 12 days after the accident at the request of environmentalists the aircraft was raised by the pilot. The pilot stated that the aircraft was destroyed by the accident and the salt water and it still had fuel in the tanks. He disposed of the aircraft without notifying the Safety Board.

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

was a loss of engine power for undetermined reasons.

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