Fuel Situation Likely in King Air Crash

 - October 3, 2007, 5:25 AM

Early NTSB reports point to fuel starvation as the cause of an October 9 King Air C90 crash in a neighborhood north of Dallas Love Field that left the pilot seriously injured. The airplane, N690JP, registered to J&D Aircraft Sales, left Dallas in the morning to drop four passengers in Taos, N.M. The pilot was returning to Dallas early in the afternoon when the right engine apparently quit on approach. He told the NTSB that he was having trouble maintaining airspeed so he retracted the gear to maintain Vmc. With the airspeed deteriorating, the pilot opted to land the aircraft under some measure of control. Fuel samples taken from the wreckage yielded less than four ounces from the right engine and nothing from the left although the tanks were damaged in the crash. Calculations for a generic C90 show it would have made the flight with only 11 lb of fuel remaining, based on a full level at departure.