NTSB Identification: MIA83LA090.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20681.
Scheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 09, 1983 in FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 402C, registration: N26506
Injuries: 3 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 WAS DITCHED IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN FOLLOWING ENGINE FAILURE. THE PILOT ESTAMATED FUEL ON BOARD DURING PRE-FLIGHTFROM THE ELECTRONIC FUEL GAUGES. THE ACFT FLEW 2 HRS AND 16 MINUTES BEFORE THE ENGINES QUIT IN A MODE OF FUEL EXHAUSTIONWITH SURGING PRIOR TO STOPPING. POST ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION USING FUEL SLIPS REVEALED A FUEL BURN WITHIN 10 TO 15 GALS OF FUEL EXHAUSTION. THE FUEL GAUGES FAILED ON THE LAST LEG OF THE FLT AND THE PASSENGERS STATED THE PILOT PAID A LOT OF ATTENTION TO THESE GAUGES. THE PILOT WANTED TO DIVERT TO FREEPORT BUT DID NOT BECAUSE THE WEATHER WAS BELOW MINIMUMS. AFTER DITCHING THE ACFT SANK IN 800 FEET OF WATER.

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

FUEL SUPPLY..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REFUELING..NOT POSSIBLE..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

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..ERRATIC

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