November 4, 2009, Tallahassee, Fla., Cessna 172S


The airplane was destroyed on colliding with wooded terrain during a forced landing at about 1920 Eastern time. The flight instructor and private pilot were fatally injured. Night visual conditions prevailed.

The airplane departed Runway 36 and turned downwind at 1000 feet. The last three radar targets show the airplane at 1000 feet, 800 feet, and 400 feet respectively, in a left arc toward the airport. The tower controller was tracking the airplane visually and perceived the descent. He transmitted the airplanes registration number over the radio; the airplanes occupants responded with only its registration number in a clipped, business-like manner. There were no further communications from the airplane.


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