This January 2010 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
Aircraft: Beech B60 Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Madison, Ala. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: Approximately 15 minutes after takeoff and at an altitude of 6,000 feet, the right engine experienced catastrophic engine failure. The nearest suitable airport for landing was about 10 miles away. However, the pilot elected to return to the departure airport, which was 30 miles away. He reported that he was not able to maintain altitude. The airplane crashed and burned approximately three miles from the intended airport.