Preliminary Accident Reports

June 2001 Issue

March 10, Lake Wales, Fla. / Beech Baron

At 10:30 eastern time, a Beech 55 crashed during an attempted forced landing in a pasture near Lake Wales. The pilot was not injured. The flight had departed Elkin, N.C., at 07:10 en route to Lake Wales. The pilot canceled his IFR flight plan and entered the traffic pattern for a visual approach. While at about 100 feet agl on final approach, both engines lost power and the pilot landed in a field. During the roll, the gear was torn from the airplane....

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