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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 139011
Last updated: 24 June 2018
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C310 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna T310R
Owner/operator:American King Air
Registration: N23BT
C/n / msn: 310R1303
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:10 miles off Hilo, Hawaii -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Monterey, CA (MRY)
Destination airport:Hilo, HI (ITO)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that the engine lost power about 12 miles from the airport due to fuel exhaustion, and he ditched the airplane in the Pacific Ocean. The pilot had completed a preflight inspection for the transpacific flight and departed with approximately 393 gallons of fuel, which he calculated to be about 14 hours of fuel endurance. He reported that about 9 hours after takeoff he determined that, due to a change in the wind velocity, he would not reach his destination. He attempted to extend his range by reducing the airplane’s fuel consumption, but was unable to reach the airport. The pilot was rescued, and the airplane sank shortly thereafter. The total duration of the flight was about 13 hours.
Probable Cause: A total loss of engine power during cruise flight due to fuel exhaustion as a result of the pilot’s improper fuel planning.


NTSB: (photo)

Revision history:

08-Oct-2011 00:57 gerard57 Added
08-Oct-2011 01:35 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Oct-2011 01:37 harro Updated [Time, Country, Nature]
08-Oct-2011 02:18 RobertMB Updated [Source]
08-Oct-2011 14:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 17:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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