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Tail numberN320KP
Accident dateMay 22, 2009
Aircraft typeCessna 320D
LocationFallon, NV
Near 39.503889 N, -118.738055 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On May 22, 2009, about 1935 Pacific daylight time (PDT), a Cessna 320D, N320KP, impacted terrain during landing at Fallon Municipal Airport (FLX), Fallon, Nevada. The owner/pilot was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The commercial pilot and three passengers were killed; the airplane was destroyed by impact forces and post crash fire. The cross-country personal flight departed Fresno, California, about 1830, with a planned destination of Fallon, Nevada. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

Witnesses to the accident reported seeing the airplane approach the airport from the southwest and cross midfield to enter the downwind leg for landing on runway 21. The airplane was observed making a right 270-degree turn, followed by a sharp left turn where the airplane descended out of sight. Witnesses then reported seeing a fireball erupt in the area of the accident.

Weather in the area was reported to be high winds out of the southwest at 25 miles per hour, with gusts up to 38 miles per hour.

Investigators responded to the accident site and conducted an on-scene examination of the wreckage. The wreckage was recovered for further evaluation.

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