ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland DH-114 Riley Heron 2D N19D Hawaii, USA
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Wednesday 29 March 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic HERN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH-114 Riley Heron 2D
Operator:Air Pacific
Registration: N19D
MSN: 14109
First flight: 1956
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:350 km (218.8 mls) off Hawaii, USA (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:San Francisco International Airport, CA (SFO/KSFO), United States of America
Destination airport:Hilo International Airport, HI (ITO/PHTO), United States of America
The pilot miscalculated the fuel consumption and flying time. The plane was eventually ditched 215 miles off the coast.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
pilot in command - became lost/disoriented
miscellaneous acts,conditions - aircraft came to rest in water

Fuel exhaustion



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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from San Francisco International Airport, CA to Hilo International Airport, HI as the crow flies is 3703 km (2314 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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