Everglades City, FL Two Civil Air Patrol Officers Die When Their CAP Cessna 172K Runs Out of Fuel, Oct 1991

This accident happened on October 2, 1991.

National Transportation and Safety Board Analysis
THE CIVIL AIR PATROL PRIVATE PILOT AND AERIAL OBSERVER DEPARTED ON A PUBLIC USE FLIGHT IN VFR CONDITIONS. THE FLIGHT WAS DIVERTED BY CAP GROUND PERSONNEL TO ASSIST IN LOCATING A BOAT IN DISTRESS. THE CAP PILOT LOCATED THE BOAT AND REMAINED OVERHEAD, WHILE CAP GROUND PERSONNEL NOTIFIED THE US COAST GUARD. USCG AIRCRAFT WERE DISPATCHED TO THE SCENE AND ESTABLISHED RADIO CONTACT WITH THE CAP AIRCRAFT. THE CAP PILOT INFORMED THE USCG THAT FUEL WAS CRITICAL EN ROUTE TO MARCO. NO FURTHER RADIO CONTACT WAS ESTABLISHED. THE DESTROYED AIRPLANE WAS LOCATED 15 DAYS LATER. BOTH CREWMEMBERS WERE KILLED. EXAMINATION OF THE AIRFRAME, FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM, PROPELLER SYSTEM, ENGINE AND ACCESSORIES REVEALED NO EVIDENCE TO INDICATED A PRECRASH FAILURE OF MALFUNCTION. NEITHER FUEL TANK WAS RUPTURED AND NO FUEL WAS PRESENT.

Probable Cause
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND'S IMPROPER MANAGEMENT OF FUEL. THIS RESULTED IN THE AIRPLANE EXPERIENCING FUEL EXHAUSTION, FORCED LANDING, AND IN FLIGHT COLLISION WITH TERRAIN.

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IN THE LINE OF DUTY.
Civil Air Patrol, Florida Wing, Pilot in Command Clayton Reid, died in a fixed wing aircraft crash, N758JN, a Cessna 172XP, along with (Observer) Major James "Jim" Matthews during a search operation for an overdue boater in the Everglades National Park, Florida.
Wreckage and bodies were located on 18 October 1991, the same day that the already planned memorials for them were held.
Additional memorial services were held on 8 November 1991 at First Baptist Church of Marco.
Predeceased by his wife, Florence Jane Blair Reid, 11 Feb 1923 MD - 4 Oct 1979 MD, married 4 Nov 1941.
He was survived by his wife Rheta Maxine Thomas Reid, 9 June 1922 MD-3 May 2017 FL.
Clayton was also survived by a son J.B. and daughter V.F.
US Military WWII: 16 Oct 1940 - 6 Oct 1945
Observer Matthews' memorial:
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/214372931/james-meck-matthews

Father:
Sinai G B Reid, 9 Nov 1890 Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada - 29 Mar 1945 Detroit, Michigan, USA
Mother:
Clara Mildred Fleming Reid, 1895-1975

Major Clayton Aubrey Reid Find a Grave memorial - https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/214374123/clayton-aubrey-reid

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IN THE LINE OF DUTY.
Civil Air Patrol, Florida Wing, Major James "Jim" Matthews, in the Observer's position, died in a fixed wing aircraft crash, N758JN, a Cessna 172XP, along with Pilot In Command (PIC) Clayton Reid, during a search operation for an overdue boater in the Everglades National Park, Florida.
Wreckage and bodies were located on 18 October 1991, the same day that the already planned memorials for them were held.
He was was survived by his wife and son...

Major James Meck Matthews Find a Grave memorial - https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/214372931/james-meck-matthews