Accident at Shelter Cove, CA


2000-01-13: C-FBCR experienced a loss of engine power during initial climb from the uncontrolled Shelter Cove Airport, Shelter Cove, California. The pilot ditched the airplane in shallow Pacific Ocean water about 1.5 miles south of the airport. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight, which was performed under 14 CFR Part 91. The airplane was destroyed, and the pilot and passenger were seriously injured. The flight originated from Shelter Cove about 1830 pst. The pilot's wife reported that they intended to fly to Willits, about 15 minutes away. At departure the fuel gauges indicated a total of 40 gallons of fuel was onboard. During initial climb, both engines suddenly lost power. The pilot initiated a course reversal turn toward the airport. He was unable to regain engine power and ditched near the shoreline. Although the airplane initially sank, the overnight tide/wave action beached most of the airframe.


CADORS Number 2000P0031
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By Other
Occurred At 1999-03-18 - 10:35
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
Injuries 2
Aerodrome ID
Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location the United States of America, North America, National Capital Region (NCR), Shelter Cove, CA
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TSB Class of Investigation
AOR Number
Reported By Other
Categories System/component failure or malfunction [powerplant]

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Owner Private
Operator Private
Model 500B
Year Built 1964
Engine Type Reciprocating
Engine Make
Engine Model
Gear Type
Private No
Amateur Built No
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Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Climb
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 2
Events Engine failure

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