April 25, 2007, Rachal, Texas, Cessna 182R


At approximately 1210 Central time, the airplane was destroyed after impacting terrain while maneuvering. The airplane was registered to the United States Border Patrol Air Operations Unit and was engaged in a routine air patrol mission. The Airline Transport pilot, the sole occupant, sustained fatal injuries. Visual conditions prevailed. A border patrol agent who witnessed the accident reported that the airplane was circling left. The agent stated that while turning downwind from a heading of south to a heading of east the airplanes angle of bank steepened. Subsequently, the airplane banked to the right, nosed over and assumed a steep nose-down attitude before impacting terrain. The agent further reported the wind was out of the north and gusting.


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