Preliminary Accident Reports

January 2003 Issue

October 27, Coral Springs, Fla. / Two Cessna 172s

At about 1330 eastern time, a Cessna 172M, N9840V, and a Cessna 172N, N6101F, collided while in cruise flight near Coral Springs. N9840V was destroyed, and the private-rated student and flight instructor were killed. N6101F incurred substantial damage, and the private-rated dual student and the commercial-rated flight instructor in N6101F were able to make a successful forced landing without injuries. Both flights originated from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport about 45 minutes earlier. The two airplanes were in a practice area that included the transmission tower for an AM radio station that some instructors use for ADF training. The surviving student pilot said they were receiving fluctu...

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