NTSB Identification: LAX05CA129.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 02, 2005 in Montague, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/07/2005
Aircraft: Beech D50C, registration: N50G
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Following a loss of engine power from the right engine during takeoff, the airplane veered to the right of the runway and collided with a hangar. The pilot reported that he had found a leak in a fuel line fitting on the right engine during the flight prior to the accident. He fixed the leak by tightening the fitting; however, he had not determined how much fuel remained in the right main fuel tank after the repair or during preflight for the accident flight. The pilot said the start, taxi, and run-up were normal on both engines. Just after liftoff, the airplane yawed to the right. Despite full left rudder and aileron input, the pilot could not prevent the airplane from veering off the runway and colliding with a hangar. An examination of the airplane after the accident determined that the fuel system for the right wing was still intact, and that there were no leaks. The right auxiliary fuel tank was still full of fuel. No fuel was found in the right main fuel tank or in any of the fuel lines leading to the right engine.

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

The pilot's inadequate aircraft preflight and failure to verify that an adequate fuel supply was in the right main tank prior to flight, resulting in a fuel starvation induced loss of engine power in the right engine. Also causal was the pilot's failure to maintain directional control following the loss of engine power.

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