NTSB Identification: MIA89LA059.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38081.
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 27, 1988 in WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/29/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 177A, registration: N30564
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 PRIVATE PILOT CONTACTED LAKELAND TOWER IN FLT ABOUT 2115 AND WAS TOLD THAT NO FUEL WAS AVAILABLE. HE ELECTED TO CONTINUE FLT. THE PILOT EXPERIENCED AN ENGINE FAILURE DUE TO FUEL EXHAUSTION AFTER 4 HOURS AND 12 MINUTES OF FLIGHT. HE THEN EXECUTED A FORCED LANDING INTO TREES. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE REFUELED THE AIRCRAFT THE DAY BEFORE THE ACCIDENT BUT DID NOT PREFLIGHT THE AIRCRAFT AND VISUALLY CHECK THE FUEL LEVEL PRIOR TO FLIGHT.

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:

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


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)



Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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