NTSB Identification: MIA83LA060.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20781.
Accident occurred Saturday, January 15, 1983 in KEY LARGO, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 336, registration: N1737Z
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 DITCHED IN SHALLOW WATER 1/2 MI SOUTH OF KEY LARGO, FL WHILE ON A FLIGHT FROM ZEPHYRHILLS, FL TO MARATHON FL. ON 1/13 A FLT PLAN WAS FILED FOR THE ACFT FOR A FLT FROM KINGSTON JAMAICA TO TAMPA FL. IT DEPARTED KINSTON AT 0810 WITH ETA TAMPA AT 1610. THE ACFT WAS REPORTED OVERDUE. ON 1/15 THE ACFT WAS OBSERVED ENTERING THE ADIZ ABOUT 90 MILES SOUTH OF THE FLORIDA KEYS. AT ABOUT 2205 WHILE NEAR KEY LARGO THE FLT CALLED MIAMI APPROACH CONTROL TO REQUEST RADAR FLT FOLLOWING TO OPA LOCKA. ABOUT 5 MIN. LATER THE PILOT REQUESTED VECTORS TO THE NEAREST ARPT DUE TO FUEL PROBLEMS. ATC REPORTED PORT LARGO WAS CLOSEST BUT NOT EQUIPPED FOR NIGHT OPERATION. MOMENTS LATER THE PILOT REPORTED AT 4500 FEET AGL AND OUT OF FUEL. SEVERAL EMPTY PLASTIC CONTAINERS WERE FOUND INSIDE THE ACFT.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER,ROUGH


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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