NTSB Identification: MIA00LA032.
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Accident occurred Saturday, November 27, 1999 in ST. GEORGE, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/05/2000
Aircraft: Beech 90, registration: N866A
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot stated that he was at 12,500 feet, preparing for a four-mile parachute jump run, when he had initial indications of a power/fuel problem. He said he told the skydivers to exit, then initiated a descending spiral to land, during which time the fuel flow became erratic. He said both engines ceased operating at 3,000 feet, and he did not account for the northwest wind, and crashed short of the runway. The FAA inspector who conducted a postcrash examination of the accident airplane said that he found no usable fuel in the tanks, and there were no other indications of the presence of fuel at the accident site. Detailed examinations of the fuel systems and both engines showed that residual fuel remained, and revealed no indications of pre-accident malfunction or mechanical failure.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

the pilot's improper preflight planning/preparation and failure to ensure adequate fuel to safely complete the flight resulting in fuel exhaustion and engine failure, and his inadequate compensation for the wind that resulted a forced landing short of the runway and substantial damage to the aircraft.

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