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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 32389
Last updated: 2 June 2020
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Time:18:06 CDT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-46-310P Malibu
Registration: N3648E
C/n / msn: 46-840806
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Gulf of Mexico, 110 miles off Houston, Texas -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Cozumel, Mexico
Destination airport:Houston, Texas
On May 7, 1994, at 18:06 central daylight time, a Piper PA-46-310P, N3648E, was destroyed during a forced landing in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately one hundred and ten miles offshore from Houston, Texas. The airline transport pilot and one passenger sustained minor injuries. The remaining two passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal cross country flight.

During telephone interviews the pilot reported that the airplane was en route at 14,000 feet AMSL on an IFR flight plan from Cozumel, Mexico, to Houston, Texas, when the manifold pressure dropped from 30 to 18 inches. Eleven minutes later, the pilot observed the oil light "ON". The airplane continued under partial power, at an airspeed of 90 knots, while descending at a rate of 300 feet per minute to 100 feet per minute. By 9,500 feet AMSL the engine oil pressure dropped to zero and the propeller was windmilling. The pilot shut down the engine, and executed an emergency ditching near a ship.

The pilot further reported that all checklist items except the master switch "OFF" was completed prior to the water ditching. The airplane remained afloat for five to seven minutes. During this time, the emergency exit was opened, all occupants donned life vests, exited, and boarded the life raft. The airplane was not recovered.


1. NTSB Identification: FTW94LA146

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
25-Jan-2015 01:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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