NTSB Identification: MIA89LA110.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38911.
Accident occurred Sunday, March 19, 1989 in MOORE HAVEN, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/24/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 195, registration: N4395N
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.

AS THE ACFT WAS CLIMBING THRU 9,000 FT FOR 13,000 FT WITH SKYDIVERS ABOARD, THE ENG LOST POWER FROM FUEL EXHAUSTION. THE SKYDIVERS BAILED OUT OVER THE DROP ZONE, THEN THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO RETURN TO THE ARPT FROM ABOUT 7000 FT. AN EMERGENCY LANDING WAS MADE BEFORE REACHING THE RWY. THE PLT SAW A FENCE AHEAD & APPLIED HEAVY BRAKING TO AVOID HITTING THE FENCE. HOWEVER, THE ACFT ENCOUNTERED A DITCH AS THE PLT WAS APPLYING BRAKES & THE ACFT NOSED OVER.

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

INADEQUATE PREFLIGHT BY THE PILOT WHICH RESULTED IN FUEL EXHAUSTION DUE TO INADEQUATE FUEL SUPPLY. A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR WAS A DITCH WHICH THE AIRCRAFT HIT AS THE PILOT WAS APPLYING BRAKES TO AVOID A FENCE.

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