Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2001 Issue

February 06, Platter, Okla. / Cessna 152 and Cessna 172

At approximately 17:45 central time, a Cessna 152 and a Cessna 172P collided in flight near Platter. The flight instructor and student in the 152 were killed. The 172 landed without further incident and the two occupants were uninjured. The pilot of the 172 said he was in cruise flight at 3,500 feet when he felt a “thud” near the rear of the airplane. He then felt air coming into the cabin from the left door and recognized that the airplane required excessive right rudder to maintain directional control. He dialed in 7700 into the airplane’s transponder, declared “Mayday” on 122.8, and landed at Sherman Municipal Airport. The pilot said that at no time prior to the collision, during the coll...

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