Preliminary Accident Reports

March 2000 Issue

Dec. 22, Leominster, Mass. / Two Cessna 172s

At about 14:50 EST, a Cessna 172P and a Cessna 172R collided in flight on approach to Fitchburg Municipal Airport. The pilot of the 172P was killed and the student pilot in the 172R suffered serious injuries. According to several witnesses, the airplanes were on the final approach segment to the airport when the student pilotís airplane overtook the private pilotís airplane and struck it on the right side. The two airplanes locked together and made a slow, 180-degree turn while descending rapidly to the ground about 2,000 feet from the approach end of runway 32. The left landing gear strut of the student pilotís airplane was embedded in the right side of the private pilotís airplane. A sun p...

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