Preliminary Accident Reports

April 2007 Issue

February 2, 2007, Bessemer, Ala., Cessna 172K

At 0800 Central time, the airplane was destroyed when it collided with a mountain ridge. The Commercial pilot and single passenger were fatally injured. Instrument conditions prevailed; no flight plan had been filed, the airplane was not operating on an IFR clearance and was not in contact with ATC. According to the Birmingham (Ala.) Tracon, the airplane was tracked heading in a southerly direction at an altitude of 1100 feet when it began to descend and turned in a northerly direction. The airplane continued to descend and was lost off radar at an altitude of 900 feet.

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