Preliminary Accident Reports

February 2008 Issue

December 5, 2007, Columbus, Ohio, Cessna 208 Caravan

The airplane collided with terrain at 0651 Eastern time during its initial takeoff climb, and was destroyed by impact forces. The commercial pilot and a pilot-rated passenger received fatal injuries. Instrument conditions prevailed. Prior to takeoff, the airplane was topped off with Jet A fuel and loaded with 714 pounds of cargo. The airplane taxied to the de-icing ramp and its wings and tail were de-iced with about 160 gallons of Type I de-icing fluid at 0644. The airplane received its takeoff clearance at 0648 and departed at 0650. Radar track data indicated the airplane climbed to about 1100 feet msl, and was in a left turn with a ground speed of about 109 knots prior to descending and impacting the terrain.

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