Preliminary Accident Reports

November 2009 Issue

September 24, 2009, Houma, La., Cessna 182

The airplane impacted terrain at about 0608 Central time following a takeoff into instrument meteorological conditions. The non-instrument-rated commercial pilot was fatally injured. The flight departed without a flight plan but under an SVFR clearance. One witness observed the airplane taxi, take off and climb to about 100 feet agl. He stated the airplane appeared to be flying normally. The witness stated weather at the time was being reported by the AWOS as 300 feet overcast and five miles visibility. Another witness described fog at the airport at the time of departure. A witness who was about one mile from the impact site described heavy fog in the area when he left for work at 0550.

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