Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2006 Issue

March 13, 2006, Santa Monica, Calif. / Beech A36 Bonanza

At 0943 Pacific time, the airplane was ditched in the ocean following a loss of engine power during departure. The Instrument-rated Private pilot and one passenger sustained fatal injuries; a third occupant was not located. The airplane sustained substantial damage. Visual conditions prevailed. The airplane impacted the water about 250 yards off the Santa Monica beach. It submerged in 20 feet of water. The pilot and one occupant were recovered from the airplane. The airplane was also recovered and its engine examined. The engine case had a hole that stretched between the top cylinder base nuts of cylinders 1 and 2. The hole was approximately eight inches across and six inches at its widest...

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