NTSB Identification: ATL06CA125.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 03, 2006 in Topsail Beach, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/28/2006
Aircraft: Brown Floyd L Christen Eagle II, registration: N225FL
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

According to the pilot, while at 2,000 feet in cruise flight he heard a "loud bang," and then the airplane vibrated uncontrollably. The pilot bailed out safely. According to the Topsail Beach Police Department, several witnesses on the beach stated the airplane was flying at an altitude of about 200-feet performing aerobatic maneuvers over the ocean strand. The witnesses stated that it looked like the engine separated from the front of the airplane. The engine and propeller have not been recovered. An FAA Inspector stated the pilot has not given the FAA permission to inspect the airplane wreckage.

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

The in-flight separation of the engine and propeller from the airframe for undetermined reasons, which resulted in the airplane's uncontrolled impact with water.

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