Preliminary Accident Reports

December 2003 Issue

September 16, Stone Mountain, Ga. / Beechcraft Bonanza

At 1958 eastern time, a Beech A36 struck the south side of Stone Mountain. The pilot was killed. The flight originated at Peachtree Dekalb Airport about 23 minutes earlier for a local flight. Witnesses said they saw the airplane circling the mountain just prior to the accident. They stated that they saw the airplane flying directly towards the mountain at just above the treetops, then they heard an explosion and observed a fireball. Stone Mountain is an enormous boulder protruding from otherwise relatively flat terrain. The accident site was about 210 feet above the surrounding terrain....

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