NTSB Identification: LAX82FA361
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 25, 1982 in ARCATA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/25/1983
Aircraft: GREAT LAKES 2T-1A-2, registration: N353GL
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PLT & PAX WERE ON A CROSS-COUNTRY FROM SOMEWHERE IN THE KLAMATH, CA AREA TO HAYWARD, CA. WITNESSES OBSERVED IT FLYING SOUTHBOUND AT 50 TO 100 FT OVER THE OCEAN'S SHORE LINE. REPORTEDLY, THE ACFT MADE A SHARP LEFT TURN TOWARD LAND, THEN CRASHED ON A NORTHERLY HEADING INTO TREES & BRUSH. THE TREES & BRUSH WERE LOCATED ON A BLUFF APRX 20 FT ABOVE THE BEACH. DRG AN EXAM OF THE WRECKAGE, NO FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE UPPER WING TANK AND ONLY ABOUT 1 QT WAS FOUND IN THE HEADER TANK. THE ACFT FUEL CAPACITY WAS 27.4 GAL WITH .7 GAL IN THE HEADER TANK CONSIDERED AS UNUSABLE.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

FUEL SUPPLY..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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