Preliminary Accident Reports

August 2006 Issue

June 7, 2006, Reno, Nev. / Beech H35 Bonanza

At 1505 Pacific time, the airplane lost engine power and crashed into a residential home. A fire ensued and the airplane was destroyed. The Student pilot/owner and a flight instructor were killed; visual conditions prevailed. According to ATC records and radar data, the flight departed and climbed straight out to 6200 msl. The CFI then reported the engine’s rpm was dropping and requested a return to the airport. After a few moments, the CFI indicated that the airplane would not be able to make it back to the airport and they were trying to find a safe place to land. Witnesses observed the aircraft flying low, with the wings rocking back and forth. The airplane then rolled to the left, nosed...

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