Preliminary Accident Reports

June 2000 Issue

March 3, Miami, Fla. / McDonnell Douglas 600N

At about 15:30 EST, a McDonnell Douglas 600N, operated by WTVJ NBC 6 as a news photography flight, crashed while maneuvering near Miami. The pilot and camera operator were killed. The flight had been airborne 27 minutes before the crash. Friends of the pilot were flying in a Robinson R-44 helicopter and the two aircraft joined up in a very loose formation. Witness accounts varied somewhat, but agreed that the accident helicopter pitched nose down then pulled to a steep nose-up attitude. The helicopter yawed to the left and began sliding backwards, at which point the aircraft pitched nose down and the tail boom separated from the helicopter....

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