Preliminary Accident Reports

October 2010 Issue

August 11, 2010, Burns, Ore., Aero Commander 500B

At about 0855 Pacific time, the airplane impacted terrain and sustained substantial damage. The private pilot and his passenger were killed. The VFR flight took place in a area where thunderstorms, lightning and rain were reported. The pilot was receiving radar flight following from ATC. According to witnesses in the area, the airplane could be heard overhead, but could not be seen because of a solid overcast and rain. The witnesses reported the airplane sounded normal at first, but then the sounds became similar to those they had heard from an "airplane doing aerobatics."

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