NTSB Identification: MIA86LA226.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31755.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 03, 1986 in SAN JUAN
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N914DF
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.

THE ACFT HAD BEEN IN THE AIR FOR ABOUT 1 HR & WAS APRCHING THE ARPT. WHILE ON FINAL APRCH, THE ENG QUIT & THE PLT RADIOED 'MAYDAY,MAYDAY,FUEL EXHAUSTION' & DITCHED THE ACFT IN THE WATER. THE CFI PLT STATED THAT HE CHECKED THE FUEL SUPPLY BY LOOKING AT THE FUEL GAGES BEFORE HE & HIS STUDENT TOOK OFF & THEY REGISTERED ABOUT 1/4 FULL. FUEL TANK CAPACITY IS ABOUT 26 GALS. 1/4 TANKS WOULD BE ABOUT 6 GALS. NORMAL FUEL CONSUMPTION IS ABOUT 6 GALS PER HR. THE CFI STATED THAT AFTER THE DITCHING, HE OBSERVED FUEL IN ONE TANK AFTER REMOVING A FUEL CAP. HE ALSO STATED THAT HE LOOKED INTO THE COCKPIT AFTER THE DITCHING & SAW 'EVERYTHING WAS STILL IN THE GREEN' HE LATER STATED THAT HE DID NOT KNOW THE REASON FOR THE ENG FAILURE.

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

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

REFUELING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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