April 17, 2009, Oakland Park, Fla., Cessna 421B


The airplane was substantially damaged when it impacted a home at about 1115 Eastern time, following a loss of engine power shortly after takeoff. The solo commercial pilot was killed. Visual conditions prevailed. Prior to the accident flight, the pilot flew the airplane from Costa Rica to Florida, where it sat for two days. The pilot was ferrying the airplane to a new owner.

Witnesses reported the pilot ran up the engines to full power for about 20 minutes while the airplane sat on the ramp, appearing to troubleshoot an engine issue. The pilot then shut down the engines, added oil to one, and started them again. He then ran the engines for five more minutes before departing. After takeoff, witnesses and ATC observed fire emanating from the right engine. The airplane then banked right and descended into a residential


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