NTSB Identification: ATL05CA104.
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Accident occurred Sunday, June 19, 2005 in Naples, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/2005
Aircraft: Cessna 152, registration: N625PA
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
According to the CFI and Private pilot, the purpose of the flight was a IFR cross-country training flight for the instrument student. The route of flight was from Naples, to Miami, Opa Locka, Vero Beach and return to Naples. They stated that they climbed to 5,000 feet on there way to Miami. As they got closer to Miami they were vectored around some thunderstorms that had moved into the Miami area. They continued up to Vero Beach where they did a full VOR approach. Following the approach they were vectored for 15 to 20-minutes before they were cleared to Ft. Myers. At Ft. Myers they requested an ILS approach into Page field but later cancelled their request and headed to Naples where they requested vectors to final for the NDB 23 approach. They said that a few minutes after being handed off to the Naples Tower they experienced engine trouble. The CFI took control of the airplane and did a forced landing into a field 7-miles northeast of the airport. Examination of the right fuel tank found 1/8-inch of fuel remaining when it was measured with a ruler and 1/2-inch of fuel remaining in the left fuel tank. Neither fuel tank sustained damage during the forced landing. According to the airplane's owner, the airplane holds 24 gallons of fuel and has a flight duration of 4.0 hours when topped off.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The CFI's mismanagement of the fuel supply, which resulted in fuel exhaustion.
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