Date & Time: Mar 29, 2013 at 1250 LT
Type of aircraft:
Beechcraft 90 King Air
Sarlat - Sarlat
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Captain / Total hours on type:
The pilot and two passengers departed Sarlat-Domme Airport for a training mission over the region of Bordeaux. A precision approach was completed to Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport followed by a go-around maneuver. The IFR flight plan was closed and he continued under VFR mode to Bordeau-Léognan-Saucats Aerodrome where he landed. A passenger deplaned, the engine were not shut down and he took off few minutes later to Bergerac where a refueling was planned. Approximately 10 minutes after takeoff, while cruising at an altitude of 2,000 feet, both engines failed. The pilot reduced his altitude and completed an emergency landing in a vineyard. Both occupants escaped with minor injuries while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Failure of both engines in flight due to fuel exhaustion. It was determined that the pilot took off with 800 lbs of fuel on board, thinking having enough fuel for an hour and a half flight which corresponds to an autonomy with 800 liters. In such conditions, the fuel quantity was not sufficient to complete the flight and there were no required reserves. It is believed that the double engine failure was caused by the fact that the pilot mistook pounds for liters (livres - litres in French). The lack of a preflight visual check of the fuel gauges could did not allow the pilot to notice his mistake.