Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2005 Issue

February 3, 2005, Alexandria, La. / Ercoupe 415-C

At 1610 Central time, the airplane was destroyed upon impacting terrain following a loss of control in the airport traffic pattern. The Commercial pilot, sole occupant of the airplane, was fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed. The flight originated near Pascagoula, Miss. A witness who was located on the airport reported that he observed the airplane fly steadily over a tree line, with no erratic movements. As the airplane descended to an altitude of approximately 200 feet, the airplane “went into an approximate 20 degree nose-down attitude” and impacted the terrain....

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