Preliminary Accident Reports

March 2000 Issue

Dec. 9, Branson, Mo. / Cessna Citation

At 15:15 CST, a Cessna 525 struck a hillside 4.3 miles from the approach end of runway 11 at M. Graham Clark Airport. The pilot and five passengers were killed. The operations manager at Clark Airport said the pilot contacted him from St. Louis at 13:48 inquiring about the weather at the airport. The operations manager told the pilot the weather was pretty poor and gave him the most recent observation, which was a few hours old. The pilot requested a current observation, but before the operations manager could give it, another pilot departing the airport in a Cessna 421 gave a pilot report for the field. The departing pilot told the accident pilot the clouds were approximately 1,200 feet msl...

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