Preliminary Accident Reports

February 2011 Issue

December 12, 2010, Pearlington, Miss., Diamond DA40

The airplane was destroyed when it impacted a field at approximately 2200 Central time. The private pilot was fatally injured. Night visual conditions prevailed. At 2052, the pilot reported his destination in sight and ATC radar service was terminated. Between 2053 and 2201, radar data depicts the airplane making multiple circles with altitude variations from 8400 feet msl at 2100 to 700 feet msl at 2138.

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