Preliminary Accident Reports

August 2008 Issue

June 29, 2008, Santa Rosa, N.M., Cessna U206F

At approximately 1259 Mountain time, the airplane was destroyed upon impact with terrain. The private pilot and four passengers were fatally injured. One witness, located just outside the airport perimeter, watched the airplane climb to 200-300 feet agl before the pilot began a left turn with the airplane still in a nose-high attitude. The airplane continued to turn until it reached almost 180 degrees of heading change before the airplane’s nose dropped sharply. The airplane continued a dive towards the ground before the witness lost sight of the airplane behind rolling terrain.

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