Preliminary Accident Reports

March 2008 Issue

January 18, 2008, San Antonio, Texas, Piper PA46-500TP

At about 1230 Central time, the airplane was destroyed upon impact with terrain following loss of control while on an instrument approach. The instrument-rated private pilot and sole occupant was fatally injured. Instrument conditions prevailed. According to radar and voice data for the flight, the pilot attempted to intercept an ILS localizer three times without success. The pilot reported having trouble performing a coupled approach. A witness, a retired Navy instructor pilot, observed the accident airplane and stated, "The [airplane] exhibited a classic approach turn stall maneuver I had taught many times, but this time with no altitude to recover."

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