On May 14, 1997, about 1040 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-34-200T, N3566M, registered to Tropics Unlimited, Inc., ditched in the Atlantic Ocean near Cotton Bay Eleuthera, Bahamas, following loss of power in one engine, while on a Title 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and a visual flight rules flight plan was filed. The aircraft received substantial damage and the private-rated pilot and six passengers were not injured. The flight originated from Cat Island, Bahamas, the same day, about 1000.

The pilot stated that he lost oil pressure in the left engine and shut down the engine. He was unable to maintain altitude and was trying to reach the Rock Sound Airport when he ditched the aircraft in the ocean.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the government of the Bahamas. Any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Director of Civil Aviation, Bahamas P.O. Box N-975 Nasau, N.P. Bahamas Telephone: (242) 377-7117

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information obtained for or released by the Bahamian Government.

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