NTSB Identification: MIA88LA225.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36337.
Accident occurred Monday, July 18, 1988 in CLEWISTON, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/09/1989
Aircraft: HILLER UH-12E, registration: N108HA
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 PLT STATED THE FUEL GAGES INDICATED 20 GALS WHEN HE TOOK OFF ON SPRAYING FLT. HE HAD JUST COMPLETED THE SPRAY RUN & STARTED TO PULL UP FROM ABOUT 10 FT & 25 MPH. AT THAT TIME THE ENG QUIT '& SOUNDED JUST LIKE IT WOULD IF IT RAN OUT OF GAS'. THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH ALT OR AIRSPEED FOR AUTOROTATION & CHOPPER HIT GROUND IN HIGH SINK RATE & PARTIALLY FELL INTO A CANAL. THE PLT STATED IN TEL CONVERSATION WITH NTSB THAT AFTERNOON THAT HE THOUGHT HE HAD RUN OUT OF GAS. AT THE SCENE, FAA VISUALLY CHECKED FUEL QUANTITY THROUGH THE FILLER OPENING & THOUGHT TANK TO BE EMPTY. THE NEXT DAY, THE PILOT CALLED FAA & SAID HE DRAINED 2.5 GALS OF FUEL FROM ACFT & THAT HE HAD FOUND A FUEL VENT CLOGGED.

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

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION

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

FUEL SYSTEM,VENT..BLOCKED(TOTAL)

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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