Preliminary Accident Reports

March 2008 Issue

January 16, 2008, Tulsa, Okla., Aero Commander 500B

The airplane was substantially damaged upon impact with terrain at 2243 Central time following loss of control shortly after takeoff. The commercial pilot, sole occupant of the airplane, was fatally injured. Night instrument conditions prevailed for the Part 135 cargo flight. Soon after takeoff, the pilot reported gyro problems. The airplane was given instructions to turn left, but the pilot initiated a right turn. The aircraft made two steep right 360-degree turns and disappeared from radar.

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