NTSB Identification: DEN82FA182
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 03, 1982 in BILLINGS, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/03/1983
Aircraft: BELL 206B, registration: N49593
Injuries: 1 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.

THE ACFT DEPARTED LARAMIE AT APPROXIMATELY 1600 WITH A FULL LOAD OF FUEL. AT 1840 THE PLT CONTACTED BILLINGS TOWER & STATED HE HAD A LOW FUEL WARNING LIGHT. SEVERAL MINUTES LATER HE RADIOED THAT HE WAS GOING DOWN. A WITNESS OBSERVED THE ACFT COMING DOWN "REAL HARD." THE ACFT CRASHED APPROXIMATELY 4.5 MI SE OF THE ARPT. THE USABLE FUEL CAPACITY IS 74.97 GALS & THE AVERAGE FUEL BURN IS BETWEEN 24-26 GPH.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AUTOROTATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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