NTSB Identification: ATL06CA001.
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Accident occurred Saturday, October 01, 2005 in GREENSBORO, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/31/2006
Aircraft: Beech D-95A, registration: N5606S
Injuries: 2 Minor,2 Uninjured.

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.

During cruise flight, the pilot experienced a loss of engine power of one engine. Using standard engine out procedures , the pilot experienced difficulty identifying which engine had lost power. However, without the knowledge of the pilot, the passenger attempted to assist the pilot in maintaining directional control after initial loss of engine power by applying right rudder. In an effort by the pilot to regain full engine power, the second engine lost power. The pilot selected a nearby landfill for an emergency landing. During the emergency landing, the main landing gear collapsed. After the pilot and passenger exited the airplane, the passenger told the pilot that he had applied right rudder after the initial loss of engine power. Post-accident examination of both engines failed to disclose any abnormalities and 35 gallons of fuel was recovered from the fuel system.

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

The pilot mistakenly shut down the operating engine when the passenger interfered with the rudder pedals as he attempted to identify the inoperative engine.

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