Preliminary Accident Reports

November 2009 Issue

September 10, 2009, Flat Rock, N.C., Beech A36 Bonanza

At about 1415 Eastern time, the airplane collided with trees and terrain in a residential area. Instrument conditions prevailed; no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The airplane was substantially damaged and the solo private pilot was killed. A few minutes after takeoff, the pilot told ATC he was flying around the city a little bit and was trying to stay below the clouds. Approximately 65 seconds later, the pilot informed ATC he wanted to return for a landing. After several vectors for traffic, ATC advised the pilot to fly a heading toward the airport and to advise when it was in sight; the pilot acknowledged the heading. A controller turnover briefing then occurred, during which the controller being relieved informed the relieving controller of the accident airplane’s status.

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