September 2, 2006, Prescott, Ariz. / Cessna 337


The aircraft collided with wires during the initial takeoff climb at about 0926 Mountain time. The Private pilot, an Airline Transport pilot-rated passenger and another passenger sustained fatal injuries; a post-crash fire destroyed the airplane. Visual conditions prevailed.

A pilot-rated witness observed the airplane flying low and slow, just clearing treetop height. Its nose was high and tail low when it made a hard right banking turn towards the north and the ground; a large plume of black smoke erupted at impact. Another pilot-rated witness observed the airplane collide with power lines, nose over and crash. A large explosion followed. Airport operations personnel reportedly filled the airplane with 86.4 gallons of aviation fuel prior to the airplanes departure.


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