At approximately 1109 Central time, the airplane was destroyed upon impact with terrain shortly after takeoff. The pilot and one passenger were fatally injured, and two other passengers were seriously injured. Visual conditions prevailed. An eyewitness located several hundred yards east of the runway stated that he heard a sputtering noise, and saw the airplane level off at about 100 feet above the ground shortly after taking off. At the departure end of the runway, the right wing and nose of the airplane dropped. The witness heard the sound of impact a few seconds later.