NTSB Identification: ERA10CA433
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 18, 2010 in Miami, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/16/2011
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N24870
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 a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the two private pilots reported that they landed at numerous airports before returning back to the original airport. About 15 miles south of the destination, the engine began to run rough and experienced a loss of power. After the airplane landed in a pond, one of the pilots reported to a witness that the airplane had run out of fuel. A postaccident examination of the airplane by an FAA inspector revealed that no fuel was in the right tank and only 4 pints of fuel was in the left tank.

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

The pilots' inadequate fuel planning, resulting in the loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion.

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