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After The Accident: Fuel Exhaustion In Beech Baron 58

The accident shows that when it comes to running out of fuel, one error can compound upon another.

A Beechcraft Baron piston twin similar to the B-58 accident airplane, which crashed in Texas last year after running out of fuel. Photo by Ian Kirk.
A Beechcraft Baron piston twin similar to the B-58 accident airplane, which crashed in Texas last year after running out of fuel. Photo by Ian Kirk.
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In late summer of 2018, a Beech Baron 58 crashed while on approach to Kerrville, Texas, killing all six on board. If anyone needed proof that bad things can happen even to highly experienced pilots, this was it. The pilot was ATP-rated, well known in the Houston area and highly respected by fellow pilots in the area. Nevertheless, the Beech 58 Baron he was flying ran out of fuel and crashed in Kerrville, Texas, on April 22, 2019, with tragic consequences.

The airplane was manufactured in 1999. It had six seats and retractable landing gear. It was powered by two Continental IO-550-C engines, each rated at 300 horsepower. The airplane’s maximum gross weight was 5,500 pounds, and it had undergone an annual inspection on Aug. 27, 2018, about 105 flight hours before the accident. At the time of the accident, the airplane had about 3,834 hours on the airframe.

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