June 19, Paso Robles, Calif. / Cessna 182A


At 11:03 PDT, a Cessna 182A crashed during initial climb out of Paso Robles Municipal Airport, killing the pilot and two skydivers. Two other skydivers were seriously injured in the crash, one of whom died two days later. Winds were reported from 290 degrees at 11 knots and other aircraft were using either runway 31 or 01, but the accident airplane departed from midfield on runway 19, with 3,200 feet remaining. Some witnesses said the departure appeared normal; others said it was extremely steep. The airplane struck the ground 1,200 feet from the departure end of the runway.


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