Preliminary Accident Reports

January 2009 Issue

November 13, 2008, Tallahassee, Fla., Cirrus Design SR22

At 1914 Eastern time, the aircraft was substantially damaged when it impacted automobiles and terrain. The private pilot and the passenger were fatally injured; one person on the ground was seriously injured, while two others incurred minor injuries. Night instrument conditions prevailed. After the pilot contacted the tower, the controller cleared him to land, and reported the winds from 170 degrees at six knots. About 80 seconds later, the controller advised the pilot that he was right of course, and to fly heading 240 to rejoin the localizer. The pilot did not initially respond, and the controller repeated the instruction, after which the pilot acknowledged. About 20 seconds later, the controller twice told the pilot to turn left to heading 240, once also stating that the pilot was heading north-westbound, which the pilot acknowledged.

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