December 1, 2012, Correctionville, Iowa – Beech Model P35 Bonanza


At about 1950 Central time, the airplane collided with trees and terrain while maneuvering for landing at a private airstrip. The pilot was seriously injured; two passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. Instrument conditions prevailed.

While en route, the pilot was receiving flight-following services from ATC. At 1936, the pilot advised ATC he had the airport in sight. Radar services were then terminated. The airplane struck trees and terrain about ½ mile northeast of the airport. A post-impact fire ensued. The sheriff told FAA inspectors that when he arrived on scene shortly after the accident, there was a thick blanket of fog and visibility was only 50 feet.


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