NTSB Identification: MIA91LA226.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45260.
Accident occurred Saturday, September 28, 1991 in PALM BEACH, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/09/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 172C, registration: N1669Y
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PLT BECAME DISORIENTED DURING A CROSS-COUNTRY FLT BUT DURING COURSE CORRECTION, THE ENG QUIT DUE TO FUEL EXHAUSTION. THE ACFT WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED DURING THE FORCED LANDING. THE PLT STATED THAT THE LT FUEL GAUGE WAS MALFUNCTIONING BEFORE THE FLT. THE ACFT WAS OPERATED 3.8 HRS SINCE FUELING.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

TOTAL LOSS OF ENGINE POWER DUE TO FUEL EXHAUSTION, AND FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO REFUEL BEFORE DEPARTURE. CONTRIBUTING TO THE ACCIDENT WAS THE PILOT'S LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN BECOMING LOST/DISORIENTED, AND OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT.

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