NTSB Identification: MIA08LA029
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, December 13, 2007 in Marathon, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/14/2009
Aircraft: PIPER PA32-260, registration: N801VC
Injuries: 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

While returning to the airport following practice maneuvers, at a cruise altitude of about 1,000 feet above ground level, the engine lost power. The pilot announced the loss of engine power over the Unicom radio frequency and successfully ditched the airplane shortly afterwards. Examination of the airplane revealed that the carburetor heat control cable was not connected. The examination did not reveal any evidence that the pilot applied carburetor heat prior to the loss of engine power, nor did the pilot's or passenger's written statements reference its use. About the time of the accident, the temperature was recorded as 75 degrees Fahrenheit (F), and the dew point as 72 degrees F. This combination of temperature and dew point created the possibility for carburetor icing, but given the flight profile at the time it was not likely associated with the loss of engine power. Other than the disconnected carburetor heat cable, no other airworthiness issues that could be associated with the accident were identified.

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

A loss of engine power for undetermined reasons.

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