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N2179L accident description

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Tail numberN2179L
Accident dateApril 23, 1998
Aircraft typeBeech F33A
LocationDel Rio, TX
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On April 23, 1998, approximately 2115 central daylight time, a Beech F33A airplane, N2179L, was destroyed when it impacted the ground while maneuvering in the landing pattern at the Del Rio International Airport, Del Rio, Texas. The private pilot, who was the sole occupant, received fatal injuries. Dark night visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the Title 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight. According to family members, the pilot intended to make a full stop landing at Del Rio after a 1.3 hour cross country flight that originated from Port Aransas, Texas.

Several witnesses reported to the NTSB investigator-in-charge that they observed the aircraft execute an apparent "go-around" after an approach to runway 13, which is 5,100 feet in length. Both witnesses observed the aircraft turning to the right at mid-field when the nose "dropped." Subsequently, the airplane impacted the ground in a nose low attitude and a post impact fire ensued.

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