February 15, 2011, Americus, Ind., Taylorcraft DCO-65


The airplane sustained substantial damage at approximately 1630 Eastern time when it impacted terrain following a loss of control while maneuvering. The commercial pilot and passenger sustained serious injuries. Visual conditions prevailed.

The passenger subsequently reported the pilot was executing a turn when the airplane went straight down toward the terrain. The airplane impacted in a wooded area and came to rest in a nose-down attitude. Investigators established continuity to all flight-control surfaces.


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