NTSB Identification: MIA82DA033
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 13, 1982 in MONTICELLO, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/13/1983
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AA5B, registration: N28607
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

AFTER BEING DENIED A SPECIAL VFR CLEARANCE TO LAND AT TAMPA-ST.PETERSBURG THE PILOT ELECTED TO CANCEL HIS FLIGHT PLAN TO TALLAHASSEE AND FLY TO NEW ORLEANS. ABOUT 5 1/2 HOURS INTO THE FLIGHT HE DECIDED TO DIVERT TO GULFPORT, MS AND TUNED IN THE GULFPORT VOR (109.0 MHZ). ALTHOUGH HE HAD BEEN FLYING A HEADING OF 283 DEGREES AT 190 DME THE OBS NOW READ 005 DEGREES AND 75 MILES DME. AFTER CROSSING THE COASTLINE HE COULDN'T FIND THE AIRPORT AND CONTINUED FLYING UNTIL FUEL EXHAUSTION. THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED IN A SWAMP. THE GREENVILLE VOR IS ALSO ON FREQUENCY 109.0 MHZ AND IS LOCATED 226 MILES EAST OF THE GULFPORT VOR. THE WRECKAGE WAS FOUND ABOUT 10 MILES FROM THE GREENVILLE VOR STATION.

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:

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

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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