NTSB Identification: LAX86LA110.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30165.
Accident occurred Sunday, February 09, 1986 in SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23-250, registration: N5300Y
Injuries: 2 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.

ON FEB 9, 1986 AT 1717 PST A PIPER PA-23, N5300Y, DITCHED APPROXIMATELY 460 NM SW OF SFO, CA. THE FLT ORIGINATED FROM HNL, HI. IN FLT FUEL LEAK WAS DISCOVERED AFTER 7 HRS OF FLIGHT. FUEL VAPORS WERE SEEN CONTRAILING OFF BOTH WINGS. THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO ISOLATE THE LEAK AND WAS UNABLE. THE CROSSFEED SELECTOR AND ACFT FUEL SELECTOR BECAME DIFFICULT TO MOVE. THE SOURCE OF THE FUEL LEAK WAS LOCATED EITHER IN THE WING OR IN THE CROSSFEED SYSTEM. THE ACFT DITCHED AFTER 9 HRS 45 MIN OF FLT DUE TO FUEL EXHAUSTION.

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

FUEL SYSTEM..LEAK


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER,ROUGH

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