Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2008 Issue

March 4, 2008, Oklahoma City, Okla., Cessna 500

At about 1515 Central time the airplane was destroyed upon impact with terrain following a loss of control shortly after takeoff. The airline transport pilot, instrument-rated commercial pilot and the three passengers sustained fatal injuries. Visual conditions prevailed. A witness who had served 20 years as a U.S. Air Force crew chief reported a sound resembling an "engine compressor stall." He observed the airplane descending at a 60-to-70-degree nose-down attitude and trailing gray smoke from what appeared to be the right engine. He also observed pieces of a bird falling from the sky to the water near his location. Other witnesses reported observing smoke trail the airplane as it descended and hearing a high-pitched grinding, screech or squeal coming from the airplane.

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