NTSB Identification: MIA84FA169.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24547.
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 22, 1984 in ATLANTIC OCEAN
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N68760
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE STUDENT WAS ON THE 3RD LEG OF A SOLO, X-COUNTRY FLT. ON THE 2ND LEG, HE ASKED FOR A DF STEER TO REACH THE ARPT. DURING LUNCH, HE DISCUSSED THE SITUATION WITH HIS INSTRUCTOR, WHO WAS AT THE ARPT WITH ANOTHER STUDENT. THE SOLO STUDENT DEPARTED AT 1455 EDT, EN ROUTE FROM VERO BEACH TO OPA-LOCKA. AT ABOUT 1620, HE CALLED PALM BEACH TOWER TO REPORT THAT HE WAS LOST OVER WATER. FOR AN HOUR & A HALF, GROUND & AIR PARTIES TRIED TO LOCATE HIM, BUT THEY WERE UNSUCCESSFUL. AT ABOUT 1847, THE PLT STATED ON THE RADIO THAT HE HAD RUN OUT OF FUEL & WAS DITCHING. AT ABOUT 1851, A BRITISH AIRCREW MADE CONTACT WITH THE PLT WHO STATED THAT HE WAS IN THE WATER & ASKED WHAT HE SHOULD DO. HE WAS INSTRUCTED TO EXIT THE ACFT & USE THE SEAT CUSHI0NS FOR FLOTATION. NO FURTHER CONTACT WAS ESTABLISHED. THE SEARCH WAS SUSPENDED ON 5/27/84. THE PLT INJURY & ACFT DAMAGE ARE PRESUMED.

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

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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