NTSB Identification: LAX83FA064.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20939.
Accident occurred Sunday, January 02, 1983 in MONTEREY, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 340A, registration: N1947E
Injuries: 4 Minor.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE ACFT BEGAN TO LOSE POWER AT ABOUT 400 FT AGL AFTER TAKEOFF AND THE PILOT ELECTED TO LAND ALONG THE SHORELINE IN THE OCEAN. THE ACFT DITCHED ABOUT 100 YARDS OFF SHORE. ALL 4 OCCUPANTS WERE ABLE TO EXIT THRU THE AIRSTAIR DOOR AND RECEIVEDONLY MINOR INJURIES. THE ACFT SANK AFTER ABOUT 5 MINUTES. IT WAS NOT RECOVERED FROM THE 27 FT DEEP WATER. TWO OCCUPANTS SWAM ASHORE AND 2 WERE RESCUED BY THE COAST GUARD. THE LINE ATTENDANT WHO SERVICED THE ACFT MISTOOK IT FOR A KING AIR. THE PILOT REQUESTED THAT ALL 4 TANKS BE TOPPED OFF. THE LINE ATTENDANT ADDED 110 GALLONS OF JET A FUEL.

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

FLUID,FUEL GRADE..IMPROPER

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

MAINTENANCE,SERVICE OF AIRCRAFT/EQUIPMENT..IMPROPER..AIRPORT PERSONNEL

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

AIRCRAFT SERVICE..INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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