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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 88992
Last updated: 15 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE23 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 23 Musketeer
Registration: N3670Q
MSN: MA-257
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:On a beach in Venice -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Venice, FL (VNC)
Destination airport:Kissimmee, FL (ISM)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot stated that during climbout the engine suddenly lost power. An engine restart was attempted but was unsuccessful. The pilot realized he could not make it back to the airport and ditched the airplane into the ocean. According to the pilot, the airplane had 3.5 hours of fuel onboard at the time of departure, and residual fuel was observed in the fuel injector. A postaccident examination of the airframe and flight control system components revealed no evidence of a preimpact mechanical malfunction. Examination of the engine revealed that it was exposed to salt water with a corresponding degree of corrosion. A review of the engine maintenance records revealed that the engine was previously overhauled in the field 13 years prior to the accident. The engine manufacturer recommended the engine be overhauled after the accumulation of 2,000 hours or in the 12th year, whichever occurred first. Despite the corrosion damage and delayed overhaul, a complete examination revealed no mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The loss of engine power for undetermined reasons.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

13-Jan-2011 02:43 gerard57 Added
13-Jan-2011 07:53 bizjets101 Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 18:46 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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