Preliminary Accident Reports

August 2000 Issue

May 23, Pacific Ocean / Beech King Air

At about 19:45 PDT, a Beech B200 exhausted its fuel and was ditched in the Pacific Ocean following a temporary incapacitation of the pilot, who was not injured. The flight originated at Parker, Ariz., about 17:54 MST, and was destined for Palomar, Calif. At 18:38, the pilot advised that he was sick and radio contact was lost thereafter. The aircraft was tracked on radar and intercepted by military aircraft about 100 miles beyond the destination airport. About 19:33, the pilot reported through a relay by another aircraft that he had passed out, was now recovered, but was out of fuel. The aircraft landed in the ocean about 160 miles southwest of San Diego. The U.S. Coast Guard rescued the pilo...

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