Preliminary Accident Reports

December 2005 Issue

October 19, 2005, Port St. Lucie, Fla. / Cessna P337H

At about 1450 Eastern time, the airplane was destroyed and the Private pilot was fatally injured. Instrument conditions prevailed. Witnesses saw the airplane emerge from the clouds at an altitude of about 300 feet, on its side, and descending. The airplane then appeared to roll inverted and again rolled onto its side. It became level as it climbed to an altitude of about 600 to 800 feet then descended again. It then turn east and was so low they clearly observed the pilot. The airplane then headed east, turned north, and descended below the tree line, striking a house. The engines sounded as if they were operating, and there were no noticeable problems with the airplane. A fire engulfed the...

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