NTSB Identification: MIA84LA154.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24453.
Accident occurred Friday, April 27, 1984 in MARCO, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-301, registration: N81701
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 FLT DEPARTED FORT MYERS, FL AT 0550 & ARRIVED AT KEY WEST, FL AT 0655. THE FLT THEN DEPARTED KEY WEST AT 0710 FOR THE RETURN FLT. AT 0722, THE PLT REPORTED TO ARTCC THAT HE WAS EXPERIENCING ENG FAILURE & COULD GET NO FUEL PRESSURE. THE ACFT WAS DITCHED 29 MI SOUTH OF MARCO, FL IN THE GULF MEXICO. THE PLT STATED THAT ON DEPARTURE FROM FORT MYERS, HE ESTIMATED HE HAD 40-50 GALS OF FUEL USING THE COCKPIT GAGES.HE DID NOT CHECK THE MECHANICAL GAGES IN THE WINGS, WHICH HAD JUST BEEN CHANGED & CALIBRATED ON 3/6/84. THE PLT, WHO HAD PREVIOUSLY FLOWN THE ACFT, ESTIMATED THERE WAS ABOUT 20 GALS OF FUEL ON BOARD WHEN HE PARKED THE ACFT. THE ACFT WAS NOT REFUEL PRIOR TO DEPARTING FORT MYERS OR AT KEY WEST.

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

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

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

REFUELING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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