Preliminary Accident Reports

November 2000 Issue

Aug. 29, Laton, Calif. / Cessna 150

At 17:22 Pacific time, a Cessna 150L crashed while maneuvering near Laton, killing both occupants. Witnesses said the pilot frequently flew over their home at low altitude. He would orbit and converse with them. On this occasion, the airplane was orbiting at about 300 feet when the pilot opened his side window and said, “Hello.” One of the ground witnesses invited him to come visit after his flight and he responded, “We will.” The airplane continued the left turn, momentarily leveled out, then banked left and began to turn left again. The bank angle continued to rapidly increase until the witnesses could see the tops of the wings. The nose dropped and the airplane crashed....

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