NTSB Identification: MIA84LA102.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24091.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 10, 1984 in INDIAN BEACH, FL
Aircraft: PIPER J-3, registration: N88168
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.

DURING A BANNER TOWING OPERATION, THE PLT DESCENDED FROM 1200 FT TO 500 TO TOW OVER WATER NEAR A BEACH. WHEN HE ADVANCED THE THROTTLE TO LEVEL OFF THERE WAS NO RESPONSE TO THROTTLE MOVEMENT. THE ENG CONTINUED OPERATING AT ABOUT 1500 RPM. SUBSEQUENTLY, HE DITCHED THE ACFT ABOUT 80 YDS FROM THE SHORE. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT A CLAMP, HOLDING THE MECHANICAL LINKAGE TO THE THROTTLE, HAD COME LOOSE.

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

THROTTLE/POWER LEVER,CABLE..LOOSE

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