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Faulty Assumptions

Accident Case Study

In the early morning light on April 22, 2019, the pilot of a Beechcraft Baron 58 preflights his aircraft at West Houston Airport in Texas, before he heads to the terminal to greet his five passengers.

The flight will take just over one hour. But the pilot’s mistaken beliefs about existing onboard fuel will prove disastrous and clinch the flight’s outcome.

Join the AOPA Air Safety Institute as we follow the Baron’s flight and learn how an unfortunate chain of events ultimately led to tragedy.

Tablet: Compatible
Length: 10 mins
Topic: Aeronautical Decision Making, Flight Planning and Preflight
FAA WINGS: Not Eligible
Accident Forgiveness: Eligible

The Accident Case Study series uses FAA ATC radio communication transcripts, NTSB documentation, and video animation to recreate accidents and share critical lessons, so we can recognize and avoid similar mistakes.

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