December 17, 2008, Goodland, Fla., Cessna 172S


The airplane was destroyed at about 1945 Eastern time when it impacted water while maneuvering. The private pilot was fatally injured. Night visual conditions prevailed. A witness stated the pilot told her he was working on night recurrence training.

Two witnesses reported hearing the engine noise increase and observing the airplane in a “nose-dive” toward the ground. The airplane crashed into about five feet of water, on a tidal mud-flat. The accident site was about five miles from the end of Runway 17 at the Marco Island Airport (MKY), Marco Island, Florida, and left of the extended runway centerline.


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