Preliminary Accident Reports

October 2008 Issue

August 4, 2008, Gearhart, Ore., Cessna 172K

At 0648 Pacific time, the airplane impacted a residence shortly after takeoff. The commercial pilot, passenger and three people on the ground were killed; three more people on the ground were seriously injured. The airplane was destroyed. Instrument conditions prevailed; no flight plan had been filed. An automated weather observation taken eight miles north of the departure airport seven minutes after the accident reported calm winds, 2.5 miles visibility in mist and a 300-foot overcast.

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