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N1533Z accident description

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Crash location 38.929167°N, 119.818334°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Minden, NV
38.954074°N, 119.765733°W
3.3 miles away

Tail number N1533Z
Accident date 09 May 2009
Aircraft type Beech 95
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On May 9, 2009, at 1610 Pacific daylight time, a Beech BE-95-A55, N1533Z, impacted terrain while maneuvering at low altitude near Minden, Nevada. The airplane was operated by the private pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 91. The pilot and four passengers were killed, and the airplane was substantially damaged. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated at Minden-Tahoe Airport, Minden, about 1600.

Witnesses reported to the Douglas County Sheriff that the pilot had taken four friends that were attending an outdoor working party on a local flight. The airplane made two to three passes over the work party. On the final pass witnesses reported that the airplane was slightly above the tops of the local houses, between 100 and 300 feet above ground level (agl), and was traveling from northwest to southeast. The airplane made a sudden steep climbing left turn, appeared to decelerate at the top of the climbing turn, then dropped towards the ground nose first, and impacted a grass field. The engines could be heard "running perfectly" throughout the maneuver.

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