NTSB Identification: LAX87LA235.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34943.
Accident occurred Monday, June 15, 1987 in LONG BEACH, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/24/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N115RJ
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 AIRCRAFT DITCHED IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN WHILE ON A VFR INSTRUCTIONAL FLIGHT. BOTH PILOTS INDICATED THAT THE ENGINE STOPPED ABRUPTLY AND THEY WERE UNABLE TO RESTART IT. THE PROPELLER WOULD NOT TURN WHEN THE STARTER WAS ENGAGED, NOR WOULD IT WINDMILL. THE CFI DITCHED THE AIRPLANE AND THEN ASSISTED THE STUDENT PILOT OUT OF THE AIRCRAFT THROUGH HIS EXIT. THE STUDENT PILOT HAD INDICATED THAT SHE WAS UNABLE TO OPEN HER DOOR OR UNFASTEN HER SEAT BELT ALTHOUGH SHE SUSTAINED NO INJURY. THE CFI AND THE STUDENT PILOT THEN TREADED WATER FOR APPROXIMATELY 15 MINUTES BEFORE THEY WERE RESCUED BY A BOAT. BOTH PILOTS REPORTED THAT THERE WAS NO FLOATATION DEVICES ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. THE AIRCRAFT WAS UNABLE TO BE LOCATED AFTER IT SANK AND THEREFORE WAS NOT RECOVERED.

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY..UNDETERMINED



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER

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