December 20, 2011, Denton, Texas, Cessna 172R Skyhawk


The airplane impacted terrain at approximately 0145 Central time while flying an ILS approach. The commercial pilot was fatally injured and the flight instructor and pilot-rated passenger were both seriously injured. Instrument conditions prevailed for the flight, which was being operated on an IFR flight plan.

According to an initial statement from the surviving pilot-rated passenger, the flight was uneventful until the airplane descended on the ILS. The passenger reported that the airplane then entered a fog bank. During the approach, the student saw the airport lighting system to the left of the airplane, which began a left turn before it impacted the terrain. At 0153, an automated weather observation included ¾ miles visibility with mist and 200 feet vertical visibility.


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