NTSB Identification: LAX85LA377.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29853.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 31, 1985 in AVALON, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/1992
Aircraft: CESSNA A150K, registration: N8409M
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 PLT SAID THE OPERATION WAS ABOUT 4 AND 1/2 HOURS INTO A COMMERCIAL FISH SPOTTING FLT WHEN THE ENGINE 'BEGAN TO RUN ROUGH, THEN QUIT ALTOGETHER.' ATTEMPTS TO RESTART THE ENGINE WERE UNSUCCESSFUL AND THE PLT COMPLETED A POWER-OFF DITCHING AT SEA. HE AND THE PSGR, WHO WAS ALSO AN EXPERIENCED PLT, SAID 'THE ENGINE STOPPED ABRUPTLY AFTER SOME INTERNAL NOISE. THE PROP DID NOT WINDMILL . . . THE STARTER WOULD NOT TURN THE PROPELLER.' AFTER DITCHING, THE ACFT SANK IN ABOUT 300 TO 400 FT OF WATER AND WAS NOT RECOVERED.

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY..UNDETERMINED

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY..FAILURE,TOTAL

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