Preliminary Accident Reports

July 2006 Issue

May 8, 2006, Marathon, Fla. / Cessna 421B

At about 0755 Eastern time, the airplane collided with two telephone poles and wires during a go-around. Visual conditions prevailed. The airplane was substantially damaged; the Commercial pilot and pilot-rated passenger were seriously injured. According to witnesses, the airplane was observed near the middle of the runway approximately 20 feet above ground with its landing gear retracted. One witnessówho recently witnessed a gear-up landingóreported hearing a scraping noise similar to that incident. The airplane climbed to an estimated altitude of 100 feet, then disappeared from view....

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