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The ATSB is investigating a fuel exhaustion and forced landing event involving Beech 58, VH-PBU, 6 km N of Normanton Airport, Queensland, on 26 June 2017

During descent, the right engine failed. The pilot selected cross-feed to feed fuel from the left fuel tank to the right engine to restart the engine. About 30 seconds later, both engines failed. The pilot conducted a forced landing into a paddock. There were no injuries and the aircraft sustained substantial damage.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilot and gather additional information.

A report will be released within several months.

General details
Date: 26 June 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 8:10 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):6 km N of Normanton Airport Occurrence type:Fuel exhaustion 
State: Queensland  
 Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: None 
Expected completion: September 2017  
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 58 
Aircraft registration: VH-PBU 
Serial number: TH-407 
Type of operation: Charter 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Burketown, Qld
Destination:Normanton, Qld
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Last update 01 August 2017