Preliminary Accident Reports

February 1999 Issue

Nov. 14, Olive Branch, Miss. / Piper PA-32R-301 Saratoga

At about 20:54, CST, a Piper PA-32R-301 crashed during an instrument approach into Olive Branch Airport, killing the pilot and passenger. The pilot was advised that the ceiling at the Memphis International Airport was at 300 feet, and no weather conditions were reported for the destination airport. The pilot was cleared for the localizer approach to runway 18, then came back on the frequency and declared a missed approach. The controller asked the pilot his intentions and the pilot responded that he wanted to try the approach again. The pilot was cleared for a second approach and the aircraft collided with trees south of the airport....

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