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Last updated: 8 December 2021
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 9 December 2004
Time:18:31
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft B200 Super King Air
Operator:RNH Air 1 LLC
Registration: N6PE
MSN: BB-856
First flight: 1981
Total airframe hrs:3084
Cycles:469
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:6,5 km (4.1 mls) N of Tulsa International Airport, OK (TUL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:La Crosse Municipal Airport, WI (LSE/KLSE), United States of America
Destination airport:Tulsa International Airport, OK (TUL/KTUL), United States of America
Narrative:
A Beechcraft B200 Super King Air twin-engine turboprop airplane, N6PE, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a dual loss of engine power approximately four miles (6,5 km) north of runway 18L at Tulsa International Airport (TUL), near Tulsa, Oklahoma. The instrument-rated private pilot, sole occupant and owner of the airplane, sustained minor injuries.
The 2,100-hour instrument-rated private pilot stated that prior to departure for a 507 nautical-mile cross-country flight, the fuel gauges indicated approximately 800 pounds of fuel on each side for a total of 1600 pounds; however, he did not visually check the amount of fuel that the tanks contained. During his approach to the destination airport, the right engine started to "sputter" before it finally quit. The pilot then "looked over at the fuel gauges and both tanks were showing empty." The left engine quit just a few moments later. The auto ignition installed in the airplane attempted to restart the engines. The engines restarted momentarily and then shut-off once more. The pilot declared an emergency and executed a forced landing onto a street below. After a hard landing onto the street, the right wing hit a telephone pole, and the left wing then hit several tree limbs before the airplane impacted a hill and came to a stop. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, who responded to the accident site, found the fuel transfer switch in the "right-crossfeed" position. The fuel system was examined and no leaks or anomalies were found. Approximately three-quarters of a gallon of unusable fuel was found in the right engine nacelle. Approximately four gallons (28 pounds) of usable fuel was found in the left engine nacelle.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion as a result of the pilot's inadequate preflight and in-flight planning / preparation."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 111 days (4 months)
Accident number: DFW05LA031
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Fuel exhaustion
All engine powerloss
Forced landing outside airport

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from La Crosse Municipal Airport, WI to Tulsa International Airport, OK as the crow flies is 934 km (584 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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