Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2001 Issue

June 16, Manteo, N.C. / Cessna 150

At about 13:39 eastern time, a Cessna 150L operating as a banner tow flight crashed during a banner drop off at Dare County Regional Airport. The pilot was killed. Two witnesses said the accident pilot released the banner in the sod area adjacent to runway 23 and the nose of the airplane pitched up to greater than 45 degrees. One witness then saw the airplane descend at a nose-down attitude greater than 45 degrees. Both heard the pilot state on the Unicom frequency, Oh my God, Im dead, Im dead....

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