LAX03LA040
LAX03LA040

On November 27, 2002, about 1040 Pacific standard time, a Piper PA-34-220T, N224BD, impacted terrain short of the runway, following a loss of engine power while on approach to the Elko Regional Airport, Elko, Nevada. Reno Flying Service, Inc., operated the on-demand air taxi flight under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 135 as a non-scheduled domestic cargo flight. The commercial pilot and one pilot passenger were not injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a company flight plan had been filed. The flight originated at Reno, about 0930 with a planned destination of Elko.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector examined the airplane and interviewed the pilot after the accident occurred. The pilot stated that 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 dessert terrain and bushes. The airplane came to rest less than a half of a mile from the runway.

During the post accident examination, the FAA inspector found no evidence of fuel in the airplane's four fuel tanks. He further stated that all tanks remained intact during the accident sequence.

In a written statement, the operator reported no pre impact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane. The airplane incurred damage to both wings, engines, and propellers.

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