Preliminary Accident Reports

August 2009 Issue

June 13, 2009, Gilford, N.H., Cessna 177 RG

At about 1614 Eastern time, the airplane was substantially damaged during a forced landing in a hotel parking lot shortly after takeoff. Visual conditions prevailed. The airline transport pilot—the aircraft’s new owner—was fatally injured. The previous owner flew the airplane to the maintenance facility for a pre-purchase/annual inspection. All discrepancies were complied with and the airplane’s airframe, propeller and engine logbook were signed off to be in an airworthy condition.

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