October 6, 2006, Stockbridge, Ga. / Cessna 177 Cardinal


At 0945 Eastern time the airplane collided with a power line during initial climb and was destroyed by a post-impact fire. The Private pilot and three passengers were fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed. According to witnesses, the airplane did not get airborne until it was approximately 2000 feet down the runway. The airplane barely cleared a tree at the departure end of the runway, and continued to climb “slowly.” A witness watched the airplane climb at an extreme nose-high attitude, stall and clip a tree. Seconds later two explosions were heard and the witness drove to the accident scene.


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