WPR12CA004
WPR12CA004

During a trans-Pacific ferry flight from California to Hawaii the pilot reported that he lost engine power as a result of fuel exhaustion and ditched in the Pacific Ocean approximately 7 nm Northeast of Hilo, Hawaii. The pilot departed California with approximately 393 gallons of fuel, which he calculated to be approximately 14 hours of fuel endurance. The pilot reported that about 9 hours after takeoff he determined that due to a change in the wind velocity he would not reach his destination. The pilot attempted to extend his range by reducing his fuel consumption, but was unable to make his intended destination. After ditching the pilot exited the airplane and was rescued by the US Coast Guard. The airplane sank shortly after the pilot was rescued. The total duration of the flight was approximately 13 hours.

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