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Tail numberN3038C
Accident dateAugust 12, 2009
Aircraft typeBeech E18S
LocationEden Prairie, MN
Near 44.829723 N, -93.448611 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On August 12, 2009, at 1138 central daylight time, a Beech E18S, N3038C, collided with the terrain following a loss of control while circling the Flying Cloud Airport (FCM), Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Both the commercial rated pilot and the student pilot passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was substantially damaged by impact forces and a post impact fire. The flight was operating on a ferry permit under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The flight departed FCM minutes prior to the accident. The intended destination of the flight was the Simenstad Municipal Airport (OEO), Osceola, Wisconsin.

The pilot contacted FCM ground control and requested flight following for the flight to OEO. He also stated that he wanted to circle FCM a couple of times prior to heading to OEO. The pilot was cleared to takeoff on runway 28R and circle the airport at 2,500 feet above mean sea level (msl) prior to heading to OEO.

Numerous people witnessed the accident. Witnesses reported seeing the airplane depart FCM and climb to an altitude of 500 feet above ground level (agl) or less. The airplane made left hand turns until it was parallel to the north side of runway 28R in the direction of takeoff. Witnesses reported the airplane was low and slow from the time it took off. They described the airplane was yawing and banking to the left and right in a nose high attitude throughout the flight. The witnesses stated the left wing dropped and the nose descended just prior to the airplane impacting the terrain.

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