Preliminary Accident Reports

April 2008 Issue

February 1, 2008, Mount Airy, N.C., Raytheon Aircraft Corporation C90A

The airplane was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain at about 1128 Eastern time while executing the missed approach. The commercial pilot and the five passengers were fatally injured. Instrument conditions prevailed. According to witness statements, rain, low cloud ceilings and fog were present in the area. The airplane was observed breaking out of the clouds approximately 500 feet agl close-in to the airport, and then descended "rapidly" for about 200 feet. It then "side-stepped" left of the runway and flew parallel to it. The airplane then made a "hard" left turn at the end of the runway and climbed into the "fog." A few minutes later, it came out of the bottom of the clouds in a nose-down attitude, disappeared behind trees east of the airport, and the sound of impact was heard.

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