During a repositioning flight, the Piper PA 31-350 encountered winds aloft that were higher than forecasted. The pilot reported that 25 minutes into the flight the left engine stopped producing power due to fuel exhaustion.
He secured the engine and continued towards the closest airport.
Approximately 8 to 9 minutes later, the right engine stopped producing power due to fuel exhaustion.
During a forced landing to a field near Glenham, S.D., the right wing was substantially damaged.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s improper fuel management, which resulted in losses of power on both engines due to fuel exhaustion.
NTSB Identification: CEN15CA006
This October 2014 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.