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N23BT accident description

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Crash location 19.790277°N, 154.920278°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Hilo, HI
19.729722°N, 155.090000°W
11.8 miles away
Tail number N23BT
Accident date 07 Oct 2011
Aircraft type Cessna T310R
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

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.

NTSB 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.

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