February 8, 2013, Tucson, Ariz. Cessna 152


The airplane was substantially damaged and its pilot fatally injured upon impact with terrain at about 0930 Mountain time. Visual conditions prevailed.

While it was on a right downwind leg for landing, ATC’s radio and visual contact with the airplane were lost. Shortly thereafter, the controller noticed a dust cloud on the surface southwest of the airport. Multiple witnesses observed the airplane’s final descent and resulting dust cloud from the impact; their view of the impact itself was blocked by vegetation.



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