May 23, 2007, Chesterfield, Mo., Cessna 421


The airplane sustained substantial damage at 1540 Central time when it collided with terrain following a loss of control while returning to land. The pilot received serious injuries. Visual conditions prevailed.

Shortly after taking off, the pilot told ATC he had a problem and needed to return to land. The tower cleared the pilot to land. Witnesses reported seeing the airplane enter a steep right bank and descend to impact with the terrain.


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