Preliminary Accident Reports

January 2001 Issue

Oct. 16, Hillsboro, Mo. / Cessna 335

At 19:33 central time, a Cessna 335 carrying Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan crashed near Hillsboro. The governor, also a candidate for U.S. Senate, was killed, along with the pilot and another passenger. The flight had departed Cahokia, Ill., at 19:15 CDT on an IFR flight to New Madrid, Mo. The pilot told controllers he was having problems with the primary attitude indicator and he requested a climb to a higher altitude. The pilot was issued a climb to 4,000 feet. The pilot then reported that the primary attitude indicator was not “reading properly” and he was trying to fly off of the copilot’s. The pilot then stated he wanted to divert to Jefferson City, where the weather was better. The airpla...

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