Preliminary Accident Reports

June 2004 Issue

March 14, Spring Hill, Fla. / Cessna 182

Shortly after 2200 local time, a Cessna 182P impacted trees and the ground about 5 miles south of the departure airport of Brooksville, Fla. Marginal VMC prevailed at the time. The airplane was destroyed and the non-instrument rated Private pilot was fatally injured. A witness who lived about 1/4 mile from the crash site, heard the airplane fly over his house and said it “sounded to be real low.” In less than a minute he heard a “thud.” The witness said at the time he heard the airplane go overhead, it was dark, cloudy and there was light rain, which intensified after he started to search for the airplane....

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