NTSB Identification: LAX03LA040.
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Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 27, 2002 in Elko, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/28/2004
Aircraft: Piper PA-34-220T, registration: N224BD
Injuries: 2 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 airplane lost power in both engines and impacted terrain short of the runway. While on final approach to runway 05, both of the airplane's engines simultaneously experienced a total loss of power. Despite the pilot's attempts, both engines failed to restart and he configured the airplane for a forced landing. Upon touch down, the airplane impacted desert terrain and bushes. During a post accident examination, an FAA inspector found no evidence of fuel in the airplane's four fuel tanks. He further stated that all tanks and fuel lines remained intact. The airplane's operator reported no pre impact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane.

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

The pilot's inadequate in-flight planning/decision resulting in fuel exhaustion.

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