Preliminary Accident Reports

December 2004 Issue

September 11, 2004, Lake Wales, Fla. / Piper PA-23-250

At 0528 Eastern time, the Commercial pilot and observer were fatally injured when the airplane collided with a 520-foot television tower. The aerial application flight originated from the Lake Wales Municipal Airport at 0500. According to the operator, the airplane was spraying for mosquitos under contract with the state of Florida. Witnesses in the area stated that they heard the airplane and could see its marker lights. However, at the time of the accident no one recalled seeing any lights on the television tower. They did recall hearing the generator, which normally powered the television tower when power in the local area was out. Examination of the accident site disclosed that the top 2...

To continue reading this entire article you must be a paid subscriber.

Subscribe to Aviation Safety

The monthly journal of risk management and accident prevention, is packed with useful, timely information on basic and advanced technique, accident analysis and, most important, practical articles on how you can develop the judgment that will keep you in the air and out of the NTSB's files.

Already subscribe but haven't registered for all the benefits of the website? Click here.

Subscriber Log In

Forgot your password? Click Here.