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Accident Case Study: Faulty Assumptions

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.

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AOPA Air Safety Institute Staff members share a deep passion for aviation safety. As compassionate pilots, we bring together safety research, analysis, and knowledge in creative ways to share aviation safety education with you—with the ultimate goal of one day having zero fatal accidents in GA.

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