Preliminary Accident Reports

October 2009 Issue

August 12, 2009, Eden Prairie, Minn., Beech E18S Twin Beech

At 1138 Central time, the airplane collided with terrain following loss of control while circling the departure airport. Both the commercial rated pilot and the student pilot passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was substantially damaged by impact forces and a post-impact fire. Visual conditions prevailed. Witnesses reported seeing the airplane depart and climb to an altitude of 500 feet agl or less. The airplane made left-hand turns until it was re-oriented in the direction of takeoff.

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