January 5, 2011, Birmingham, Ala., Beech 58P Baron


The airplane was substantially damaged when it crashed about 1845 Central time during an instrument approach. Night instrument conditions prevailed and an IFR flight plan was filed. The private pilot was killed.

The pilot was cleared for the ILS Runway 24 approach at BHM, which he acknowledged. The airplane initially intercepted the localizer for the approach, but did not intercept the glideslope. The airplane then proceeded left of course, above glideslope, followed by a continued left deviation and descent below the glideslope. The tower controller then provided heading and altitude instructions in an attempt to guide the pilot onto a missed approach. The pilot acknowledged the heading instruction, but failed to turn to the assigned heading or climb to the assigned altitude. No further communications were received from the accident airplane and radar contact was lost.


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