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Tail numberN373E
Accident dateMarch 26, 2009
Aircraft typeCessna 337C
LocationStillwater, OK
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On March 26, 2009, about 2030 central daylight time, a twin-engine, Cessna Skymaster 337 airplane, N373E, was substantially damaged upon impact with terrain shortly after departure from a private airstrip located about 7 miles south of Stillwater, Oklahoma. The airline transport pilot, sole occupant, was fatally injured. The airplane was owned and operated by a private individual. No flight plan was filed and night visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

Several witness in the vicinity, reported seeing or hearing the airplane depart the runway and circle the area before the airplane impacted the ground. The witnesses added that the airplane was "low" and the engine (or engines were) was running "rough or misfiring." The airplane impacted the ground in a small ravine, which contained several large trees. The impact signatures were consistent with the airplane being in a nose low attitude during the collision.

The NTSB Investigator in Charge (IIC), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors, and technical representatives from the airframe and engine manufacturers reported to the accident scene. After a preliminary inspection of the airplane and on-site documentation, the airplane wreckage was recovered and transported to a secure facility for further examination.

At 2053, an automated weather reporting station at KSWO, located approximately 10 miles north of the accident site, reported winds from 050 degrees at 10 knots, visibility 10 miles, a clear sky, temperature 51 degrees Fahrenheit, dew point 46 degrees Fahrenheit, and a barometric pressure of 29.71 inches of Mercury.

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