NTSB Identification: WPR11FA054
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, November 21, 2010 in Newport Beach, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/03/2014
Aircraft: BEECH 19A, registration: N6064N
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

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.

During a cross-country flight in dark night visual meteorological conditions, the pilot contacted the air traffic control tower and requested landing instructions/permission. About 5 minutes after the pilot initially contacted the tower controller, he transmitted and confirmed to the controller that the airplane had run out of fuel and that he was going to try to make it to the airport. The pilot was unable to reach the airport and subsequently landed the airplane in an ecological reserve in about 3 feet of water; the airplane came to rest inverted. A postaccident examination of the airframe and engine revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. While several ounces of fuel were found in the carburetor bowl, no fuel was found in the main fuel line to the carburetor or in the wing fuel tanks, which contained ounces of water.

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

The pilot's inadequate fuel planning, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion.

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