NTSB Identification: MIA88LA211.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36371.
Accident occurred Saturday, July 02, 1988 in MARATHON, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/09/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N25057
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 STUDENT PLT WAS ON HIS 1ST SOLO X-C FLT. A PORTION OF THE FLT INCLUDED A 30 MI STRETCH OVER THE FLORIDA BAY SECTION OF THE GULF OF MEXICO. THE FLT CARRIED NO FLOTATION GEAR. 5.2 HRS INTO THE FLT, THE ENG QUIT & A DITCHING WAS PERFORMED NEAR A PLEASURE CRAFT WHICH THE PLT WAS CERTAIN HAD SEEN HIM DITCH. THE BOAT SAILED AWAY. THE PLT HAD GOTTEN OFF A MAYDAY JUST BEFORE DITCHING & WAS PICKED UP BY THE COAST GUARD SHORTLY AFTERWARD. THE ACFT WAS LATER RAISED & NO USABLE FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE ACFT. THE PLT STATED HE HAD DONE SOME EXTRA FLYING TO GET AROUND TSTRMS & HAD APPARENTLY RUN OUT OF FUEL. HE WAS APPROX 10 MI FROM HIS DESTINATION.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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