Fuel exhaustion Accident Beechcraft 58TC Baron N2CH,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 198815
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Date:Saturday 5 November 2016
Type:Silhouette image of generic B58T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft 58TC Baron
Owner/operator:H3 Aviation, LLC
Registration: N2CH
MSN: TK-72
Year of manufacture:1978
Total airframe hrs:4654 hours
Engine model:Continental TSIO-520-WB
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Valdosta, GA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Columbia, SC (KCAE)
Destination airport:Quitman, GA (4J5)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
According to the pilot of the twin-engine airplane, he descended from 7,000 ft and leveled off at 3,000 ft. After leveling off, the fuel quantity indicators fluctuated then showed empty. He recalled that, about 5 minutes after leveling off, the right engine began to run very roughly, so he enriched the right engine’s mixture and activated the auxiliary fuel pump. He added that, subsequently, “the right engine failed and the left engine simultaneously began losing power.” The pilot declared an emergency with air traffic control, began receiving vectors, and the left engine lost power.
The pilot pitched the airplane for best glide distance. He selected the nearest suitable landing area, extended the landing gear and flaps, and landed the airplane in a field. During the landing roll, he turned the airplane to the right to avoid a collision with obstacles, and the nose landing gear bounced several times and separated from the airplane. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage bulkheads, longerons, and stringers.
The pilot believed that, due to his failure to visually check the fuel level, he overestimated the amount of fuel on board.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to ensure that adequate fuel was onboard for the flight, which resulted in fuel exhaustion and the loss of engine power.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: GAA17CA058
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report




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