NTSB Identification: MIA88LA227.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37398.
Accident occurred Monday, July 18, 1988 in ST. PETERSBURG, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/11/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-34-200T, registration: N11RJ
Injuries: 7 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 27 YR OLD PLT PURCHASED THE ACFT ABOUT 2 WEEKS BEFORE THE ACCIDENT & HAD RECEIVED HIS MULTI-ENG RATING ABOUT 3 WEEKS BEFORE. HIS TOTAL MULTI ENG TIME WAS ABOUT 35 HRS. NEARING HIS DESTINATION, 1 ENG QUIT. A FEW MOMENTS LATER, THE OTHER QUIT & THE PLT DITCHED THE ACFT IN TAMPA BAY. THE PLT STATED THAT HE HAD ABOUT 110 TO 115 GALS OF FUEL WHEN HE LEFT THE TAMPA AREA FOR A FLT TO THE BAHAMAS ISLANDS. HE DID NOT PURCHASE ANY OTHER FUEL DURING THE ROUND TRIP & HE DID SOME MANEUVERING TO AVOID ENROUTE WX. AFTER THE ACFT WAS RAISED FROM THE WATER, ONLY RESIDUAL FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE FUEL SYSTEM.

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:

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

PROPELLER FEATHERING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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