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The pilot reported that he was operating at 500 feet above the sea taking photographs of a friend's boat. He experienced a sudden onset of severe engine vibration. Because of the severity of the vibration he believed that the engine may break its mounts. He shut the engine down immediately and ditched close to his friend's boat. He was rescued from the wing of the aircraft which sank shortly afterwards in approximately 60 fathoms of water. The cause of the engine vibration was not determined but the pilot said the severity of the vibration was what he imagined would be consistent with the loss of part or all of a propeller blade.
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General details
Date: 30 December 1994 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 12:30 ESuT  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Ditching 
Release date: 04 January 1995  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-32R-300 
Aircraft registration: VH-RCB 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Tooradin VIC
Destination:Bermagui NSW
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