NTSB Identification: NYC85LA013.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26841.
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 23, 1984 in SABLE ISLAND NS, Canada
Aircraft: DE HAVILLAND DHC-4, registration: N5488R
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

PLT DITCHED ACFT IN ATLANTIC OCEAN FOLLOWING A LOSS OF POWER DUE TO FUEL EXHAUSTION. CO-PILOT STATED THEY WERE AWARE OF BAD WX ALONG THE ROUTE BUT THE PLT WAS ANXIOUS TO GET TO THEIR DESTINATION. HEADWINDS ENCOUNTERED EN ROUTE WERE STRONGER THEN EXPECTED. CO-PILOT STATED THEY HAD SHUT DOWN ONE OF THE ENGINES APRX 1/2 HOUR BEFORE THE DITCHING IN AN EFFORT TO CONSERVE FUEL.

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

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

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND



Contributing Factors

ANXIETY/APPREHENSION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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