- descend to …
The private pilot was flying over the ocean and just off the coast of Miami when an air traffic controller asked him to descend to 500′.
- reach assigned altitude
He reduced power until he reached the assigned altitude. He then attempted to increase engine power and level off, however, even with the throttle full forward, the engine power remained at its previous setting.
- attempt to resolve the situation
- he was unable to maintain altitude
- ditch the airplane in the ocean
The pilot attempted to resolve the situation, but he was unable to maintain altitude and ditched the airplane in the ocean. Although weather conditions were conducive to serious icing at glide power, the pilot had applied carburetor heat during the descent, which should have melted any carburetor ice during the descent.
- examination of the airframe and engine revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures-
- The cause for partial loss of engine power could not be determined
A post-accident examination of the airframe and engine revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. The cause for the partial loss of engine power could not be determined.
- 0:41′ challenges of water landings
- 1:11′ embrace for the worst
- 1:45′ encounter problems
- 3:30′ without scratch
- 4:58′ safe and sound
Inspired by: National Transportation Safety Board, ntsb.com