NTSB Identification: BFO94FA112.
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Accident occurred Monday, June 06, 1994 in NANTUCKET, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/19/1995
Aircraft: BEECH 24R, registration: N9258S
Injuries: 2 Fatal.
NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
WHILE EN ROUTE TO THE DESTINATION, THE PILOT ADVISED ATC THAT THE AIRPLANE ENGINE HAD LOST POWER, HE WAS UNABLE TO MAINTAIN ALTITUDE AND WAS DITCHING THE AIRPLANE. INITIAL ATTEMPTS TO LOCATE THE WRECKAGE AND RESCUE THE PILOT WERE UNSUCCESSFUL. THERE WAS NO SURVIVAL EQUIPMENT ON BOARD THE AIRPLANE. THE AIRPLANE WAS RECOVERED MORE THAN ONE MONTH AFTER THE ACCIDENT. POSTACCIDENT EXAMINATION OF THE AIRPLANE REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF PREIMPACT MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION. THE MOST RECENT KNOWN REFUELING OCCURRED THE DAY BEFORE THE ACCIDENT, WHEN THE AIRPLANE WAS REPORTEDLY FUELED 'TO THE TABS.' THIS FUEL LOAD EQUALS 15 GALLONS PER SIDE (30 GALLONS TOTAL), OF WHICH 22.4 GALLONS IS CONSIDERED USEABLE FUEL. AFTER BEING FUELED, THE AIRPLANE WAS FLOWN FROM NANTUCKET TO LAWRENCE, AND WAS RETURNING TO NANTUCKET WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. THE FUEL TANKS WERE COMPROMISED DURING IMPACT.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the total loss of engine power over unsuitable terrain, for undetermined reasons. The pilot's failure to ensure that proper survival equipment was onboard the airplane was a related factor. Full narrative available
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