Preliminary Accident Reports

July 2009 Issue

May 6, 2009, Lantana, Fla., Beech K35 Bonanza

At about 1130 Eastern time, the airplane was substantially damaged during a forced landing after a loss of engine power during initial climb. The commercial pilot and the passenger/owner of the airplane were killed. Visual conditions prevailed. The airplane reached an altitude of 75 to 100 feet above the ground, when the engine "sputtered" or "coughed," and then "quit." The airplane struck two parked, unoccupied airplanes before impacting the ground and colliding with a tractor-trailer container.

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