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Tail numberN43KM
Accident dateDecember 14, 2008
Aircraft typeBeech C90
LocationRocksprings, TX
Near 30.170556 N, -100.588333 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On December 14, 2008, at 1458 central standard time (CST), a Beechcraft C90A, N43KM, registered to and operated by Western Wings Corporation crashed during cruise flight near Rocksprings, Texas. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an IFR flight plan had been filed for the 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight. The airplane was substantially damaged by the impact forces. The commercial pilot, who was the only occupant, was fatally injured. The airplane had departed the Hondo Municipal Airport (KHDO) Hondo, Texas, and was en route to the Phoenix Goodyear Airport (KGYR) Goodyear, Arizona.

The airplane was in cruise flight at flight level 240 when the pilot reported that he was having problems with the autopilot. The air traffic controller then lost radar contact and radio contact with the airplane. A witness, 1/2 mile south of the impact site, reported hearing a loud noise and when he looked up, saw the airplane "falling out of the sky with a lot of white smoke in a slow spin" before it went out of sight. The witness did not see the airplane impact the terrain, but he did go to the site to see if there was anything he could do to help.

At 1455, the weather observation facility at the Laughlin Air Force Base (KDLF) Del Rio, Texas, 50 miles south of the accident site, reported wind from 100 degrees at 7 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, clear skies, temperature 79 degrees Fahrenheit, dew point 45 degrees Fahrenheit, and a barometric pressure of 29.69 inches of Mercury.

The airplane was recovered to Air Salvage of Dallas at Lancaster, Texas, for continued investigation.

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