Preliminary Accident Reports

July 2009 Issue

May 9, 2009, Minden, Nev., Beech 95-A55 Baron

Witnesses reported the pilot had taken four friends attending an outdoor working party on a local flight. The airplane made two to three passes over the work party. On the final pass, witnesses reported the airplane was between 100 and 300 feet agl. The airplane made a sudden steep climbing left turn, appeared to decelerate at the top of the climbing turn, then dropped towards the ground nose-first, impacting a field. The engines could be heard "running perfectly" throughout the maneuver.

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