Preliminary Accident Reports

June 2008 Issue

April 20, 2008, De Queen, Ark., Beech C-23

The private pilot prepared for and encountered a crosswind on landing. However, as the airplane touched down, a gust of wind moved the airplane left and onto a grassy area next to the runway. The pilot attempted to abort the landing and applied full power, but the airplane stalled and slid on its belly into a fence. The airplane sustained damage to both main landing gears (which were torn off), the nose gear collapsed, the right side of the fuselage was torn open and the leading edge of both wings sustained damage.

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