August 13, 2011, Madrid, Iowa, Fairchild M-62 (PT-19A)


The World War II-era military training airplane was substantially damaged at about 1200 Central time when it impacted power lines and terrain. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed.

A witness reported the airplane approached his location from the north. He estimated the airplane was initially about 500 feet agl and descending. The airplane subsequently struck power lines suspended about 200 feet above the river. The airplane impacted a sandbar on the river, coming to rest inverted.


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