December 15, 2010, Edwards, Colo., Beech B-60 Duke


The airplane was substantially damaged when it impacted mountainous, snow-covered terrain at approximately 1600 Mountain time. A post-impact fire ensued. Instrument conditions prevailed; the flight was operating on an IFR clearance. The private pilot and his pilot-rated passenger were fatally injured.

According to the FAA, the airplane was in radar contact and the pilot was in voice communications ATC, which was vectoring the flight for an approach. A preliminary review of radar data depicted the flight at 11,200 feet msl. The airplane was in a descent and turning to the left when radar contact was lost. The wreckage was located, from the air, the next day. The main wreckage consisted of both wings, the empennage, fuselage and both engines.


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