Preliminary Accident Reports

January 2011 Issue

November 17, 2010, Avon Park, Fla., Cessna M337B

At about 2053 Eastern time, the airplane—originally built as an O-2A for the U.S. Air Force—impacted terrain following an in-flight separation of the right wing. The commercial pilot and two pilot-rated crewmembers were killed. Night instrument conditions were present for the flight, which provided aerial support to a U.S. Air Force training exercise. The flight was returning to its base after weather began to deteriorate. A preliminary examination of infrared satellite images for the period showed a short east-to-west band of cumulus congestus type clouds, with rain shower activity, near the area of the accident site.

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