September 14, 2006, Fort Meade, Fla. / Piper PA-23-250


At approximately 1945 Eastern time, the aircraft was destroyed when it struck terrain while maneuvering. The Airline Transport pilot and an observer were fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed. Preliminary information indicates the airplane was being used for mosquito control. A witness said the airplane passed overhead at low altitude. He heard the engines “throttle back, then rev up and sputter.” He saw the airplane pitch up, roll to the right, and descend into the ground. The airplane immediately caught fire.


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