NTSB Identification: MIA85LA210.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28885.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 14, 1985 in CEDAR KEY, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 177B, registration: N13714
Injuries: 4 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 PLT REPORTED THAT SHORTLY AFTER TAKING OFF, WHILE FLYING AT 1400 FT, THERE WAS A STRONG ODOR OF FUEL IN THE CABIN, THEN THE ENG LOST POWER. HE WAS UNABLE TO RESTART THE ENG & SUBSEQUENTLY DITCHED THE ACFT IN THE GULF OF MEXICO ABOUT 1/4 MI SOUTH OF CEDAR KEY, FL. THE ACFT WAS RECOVERED FROM WHERE IT SANK IN 20 FT OF WATER. AN EXAM OF THE ENG, FUEL SYS & RELATED COMPONENTS REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF A PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION; HOWEVER, THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE IMPACT DAMAGE FROM DITCHING.

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

MISCELLANEOUS..UNDETERMINED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER,ROUGH

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