Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2003 Issue

June 21, Cushing, Okla. / Cessna 182

At approximately 1630 central time, a Cessna 182H modified to fly skydivers crashed after the pilot lost control during the drop. The pilot was killed. Two parachutists were seriously injured. Two parachutists had minor injuries, and one parachutist had exited the airplane before the loss of control and was uninjured. The airplane was cruising at 3,500 to 4,000 feet when the first parachutist jumped. The airplane continued on for a few seconds, then, witnesses said, the airplane went “upward then out of control in a counter-clockwise spin.” During the spin, two other parachutists jumped. Post-crash examination of the wreckage showed the airplane struck the ground in a relatively flat attitud...

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