NTSB Identification: LAX83LA309.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22553.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 25, 1983 in BANNING, CA
Aircraft: SMITH-POSTON BI-PLANE, registration: N1860
Injuries: 1 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 COLLIDED WITH A DITCH DURING A FORCED LANDING AFTER THE ENGINE QUIT. THE PLT SAID HE RAN OUT OF GAS. HE SAID THE FUEL GAUGES WERE INOPERATIVE BUT HE WAS TOLD THE ACFT WOULD OPERATE 2 AND 1/2 HOURS ON A TANK OF FUEL. THE ACFT ENGINE STOPPED AFTER 1 HOUR AND 50 MINUTES OF OPERATION ACCORDING TO THE PLT.

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:

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL DUMPED..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..OPEN FIELD


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS..INOPERATIVE

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