Preliminary Accident Reports

October 2004 Issue

July 11, 2004, Atlantic City, N.J. / Beech E95 Travel Air

The airplane was substantially damaged on impacting water while attempting to land at the Atlantic City Municipal Airport/Bader Field (AIY) in Atlantic City, N.J., at about 1215 Eastern time. The Private pilot and passenger were fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed. A witness at the departure end of Runway 11 waiting to take off stated that he heard the pilot of the accident airplane report short final, followed by an announcement that he was going around because he had a problem. The witness observed the accident airplane “flip, tail under” and when it was “upside down, it performed a roll back to normal attitude, before entering into a left spin.” The spin did not look like a “norm...

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