Preliminary Accident Reports

March 1999 Issue

Dec. 26, Midland, Texas / Cessna 182P Skylane

At 14:22 CST, a Cessna 182P crashed during final approach for landing at Midland International Airport, killing the pilot and his two passengers. The control tower operator said the airplane was cleared to land on runway 22 and the controller made visual contact with the aircraft on “short final” but then lost sight of the plane. As he searched for the airplane, ground control received a call advising them that the aircraft had crashed. Witnesses told investigators they saw the airplane’s wings “teeter slightly” then the airplane pitched approximately “70 degrees nose down.” The aircraft wreckage was located along the extended centerline of runway 22, approximately 473 feet from the threshol...

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