Preliminary Accident Reports

March 2007 Issue

January 14, 2007, Carrabelle, Fla., Cessna 177

At about 1815 Eastern time, the airplane collided with trees during a forced landing. Visual conditions prevailed. The airplane was substantially damaged; the Private pilot and sole occupant was not injured. While in cruise flight at 5500 feet, the pilot felt a "violent shaking of the aircraft." He reduced power and, using a GPS receiver, he located the nearest airport and turned toward it.

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