NTSB Identification: MIA86LA238.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31731.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 17, 1986 in MERRITT ISLAND, FL
Aircraft: CHAMPION 7KCAB, registration: N1638G
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 PLT STATED THAT WHILE HE WAS TOWING A BANNER THE ENGINE LOST FUEL PRESSURE AND THE RPM BEGAN TO DETERIORATE. HE DROPPED HIS BANNER AND TRIED TO MAKE IT BACK TO THE AIRPORT BUT COULDN'T AND LANDED SHORT OF RUNWAY 29 IN THE WATER. POST CRASH EXAMINATION OF THE FUEL SYSTEM REVEALED THE ENGINE DRIVEN FUEL PUMP HAD FAILED CAUSING THE LOSS OF FUEL PRESSURE EXPERIENCED BY THE PILOT.

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

FUEL SYSTEM,PUMP..FAILURE,TOTAL

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