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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 199784
Last updated: 29 December 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 35 Bonanza
Registration: N3187V
C/n / msn: D-623
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Florida Straits, Gulf of Mexico, Monroe County, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Fort Lauderdale, FL (FXE)
Destination airport:Fort Lauderdale, FL (FXE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The private pilot fueled the airplane to capacity before departing on a local photography flight. About 1 hour after departing, the pilot was climbing the airplane to cruise altitude for the return to the departure airport. About 800 to 1,000 ft above mean sea level, the airplane experienced a sudden, total loss of engine power over open water and beyond gliding distance to shore. The pilot prepared to ditch and attempted five engine restarts without success. The propeller continued to windmill as the airplane landed upright, but subsequently sank in about 12 ft of saltwater. The airplane was recovered 12 days later and a fuel sheen was observed in the area.
The wreckage was examined following recovery and the engine crankshaft could not be rotated due to saltwater corrosion. Examination of the engine-driven fuel pump revealed that the drive shaft remained intact and could be actuated by hand with no anomalies noted. The engine and its ignition and induction systems could not be thoroughly examined or tested due to extensive saltwater corrosion; therefore, the reason for the loss of engine power could not be determined.

Probable Cause: A total loss of engine power for reasons that could not be determined because saltwater corrosion precluded a complete examination.



FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 6 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

18-Sep-2017 23:22 Geno Added
22-Mar-2019 19:11 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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