NTSB Identification: MIA86LA224.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31732.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 02, 1986 in BOYNTON BEACH, FL
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AA-5B, registration: N45529
Injuries: 1 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 ACFT WAS DITCHED IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN ABOUT 4 MILES OFF SHORE IN ABOUT 600 FT OF WATER AFTER ALLEGEDLY SUSTAINING ENG FAILURE. THE PLT STATED THAT THE ACFT WAS FULL OF FUEL PRIOR TO DEPARTURE & THAT NO WATER OR OTHER FOREIGN MATTER WAS DETECTED IN THE FUEL SYS DURING THE PREFLT INSP. A CFI WHO FLEW THE ACFT IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE LAST FLT STATED THE ACFT PERFORMED NORMALLY. THE PLT HAS DITCHED TWO OTHER ACFT ON PREVIOUS OCCASIONS & WITHHELD THAT INFO FROM THE OPERATOR WHO RENTED HIM THE ACFT EVEN THOUGH THE RENTAL INFO CARD SPECIFICALLY MADE REFERENCE TO ANY PREVIOUS ACCIDENTS. THE PLT FAILED TO MEET WITH THE FAA AFTER THEY REQUESTED FOR HIM TO DO SO & NTSB FORM 6120.1, PLT OPERATOR ACFT ACCIDENT REPORT WAS NOT RECEIVED BY THE NTSB. EFFORTS TO MAKE FURTHER CONTACT WITH THE PLT BY THE NTSB, FAA & THE OWNER OF THE ACFT WERE UNSUCCESSFUL.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED

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