Feb. 13, Dayton, Tenn. / Beech Bonanza


At about 12:45 EST, a Beech 35-P35 struck rising terrain about six miles from the departure airport in Dayton. IMC prevailed but no flight plan had been filed. The pilot, who did not hold an instrument rating, was killed. Witnesses said the Bonanza disappeared into the clouds almost immediately after takeoff. Another witness near the crash site said the weather was overcast and foggy, with mist and rain. Weather near the crash site was reported as ceiling 900 overcast, visibility 1.5 miles, temperature 50 F, dewpoint 46 F. The field elevation at the departure airport is 719 feet and the crash site elevation was 1,678 feet.


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