Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2003 Issue

June 06, Los Angeles, Calif. / Beech Bonanza

At 1555 Pacific time, a Beech A36TC descended into a three-story apartment building in the Fairfax District. The pilot and three passengers were killed. One person in the apartment building was killed and seven people were seriously injured. The flight had departed Santa Monica Municipal Airport about 10 minutes earlier and was en route to Las Vegas and then Sun Valley, Idaho. Witness accounts said the airplane was flying straight and level, then climbed into the clouds. Shortly after that, it came spinning toward the ground. The pilot had discussed with the tower controller the fact that there was cloud cover in the area and said he would try to “pop through” the “broken stuff.”...

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