Another definitive story from William Langewiesche.
In his telling, the disappearance of this flight, while dramatic and terrifying, isn’t so mysterious after all. There are millions of flights every year, so it stands to reason that once in a long while, there will be an unreliable, suicidal pilot at the controls. If Langewiesche is correct–and I think he is–then at least the passengers appear to have not suffered.
Four middle-aged adults dead, plus two dogs. Little other info (VFR/IFR, phase of flight, etc). Check for NTSB preliminary in a couple weeks.
Plane went down early Friday afternoon, June 7.
This happened March 1. An instrument-rated pilot took off in a Cessna 182 on a dark, stormy night, and crashed shortly after takeoff. He had two passengers with him.
Here’s a write-up, which says the plane was in the air for less than 20 seconds. I’m not sure that’s correct, given that the plane crashed about two miles away from the airport. It’s possible that the reporter was told that the TRACON controller only had radar contact for 20 seconds.
According to the same article, one of the passengers was making her first plane trip.