NTSB Identification: MIA85LA035.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26706.
Accident occurred Friday, November 16, 1984 in STUART, FL
Aircraft: PIPER J3C-65, registration: N77517
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.

ACFT WAS FLYING AT LOW LEVEL OVER WATER TO FILM A TV COMMERCIAL. PLT PUSHED THROTTLE IN FOR ADDITIONAL PWR BUT ENGINE DID NOT RESPOND. FULL THROTTLE WAS APPLIED WITH NO RESPONSE FROM THE ENG. PLT STATED THAT THERE WAS INSUFFICIENT PWR TO MAINTAIN LEVEL FLT. PLT DITCHED ACFT, ACFT SANK. POST CRASH EXAM REVEALED ADEL CLAMP ON THROTTLE CABLE WAS LOOSE WHICH CAUSED THE CABLE TO FLEX WITHOUT MOVING THROTTLE ARM ON THE CARB.

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

THROTTLE/POWER LEVER,CABLE..LOOSE



Contributing Factors

THROTTLE/POWER CONTROL..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND



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