NTSB Identification: MIA86LA136.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30922.
Accident occurred Saturday, April 26, 1986 in LAUDERDALE, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N2411P
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.

WHILE TOWING A BANNER NEAR THE BEACH THE AIRCRAFT'S ENGINE FAILED. THE AIRCRAFT WAS DITCHED IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN AND THE PILOT SWAM TO SHORE. THE PILOT STATED HE BECAME DISTRACTED WATCHING THE BOATS AND FAILED TO SWITCH FUEL TANKS CAUSING THE RIGHT FUEL TANK TO RUN OUT OF FUEL.

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:

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

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

FUEL TANK SELECTOR POSITION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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