Impact with terrain.
PIC: Unreported, public use.
Pittsville WI. Cessna 337C.
Prelim report (1 killed).

A public use Cessna 337C was destroyed when it crashed in a field near Pittsville WI on 04-08-09. The flight had departed DAF (Necedah WI) responding to a reported ground fire. VMC prevailed at the time of the accident. The pilot, who was the only occupant, was killed.

Loss of control in flight.
PIC: unreported.
SCVL (Valdivia, Chile).
Piper PA-34-200T.
Prelim report. (1 killed, 2 injured).

During an approach to SCVL (Las Marías, Valdivia, Chile) on 04-06-09, the pilot of a Piper PA-34-200T Seneca lost control in flight and collided with terrain, damaging the aircraft substantially. One passenger was killed, while the pilot and another passenger received serious injuries.

Aerobatic accident.
PIC: Comm, Part 91.
Mastic Beach NY.
Curtiss Wright P40N.
Prelim report (1 killed).

While performing aerobatic maneuvers on 04-05-09, a Curtiss Wright P40N fighter, built in 1944, was destroyed when it crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. The pilot's son stated that he and his father were an airshow team, and that the father was practicing while the son watched from the beach with a handheld radio. The son stated that the airplane was performing a "half Cuban eight" at approximately 250 mph when the pilot allowed the aircraft to slow to about 100-120 and the aircraft went into a spin. He stated that the pilot did not indicate any malfunctions over the radio prior to hitting the water.

Power loss after takeoff.
PIC: Comm, Part 91.
FXE (Exec, Fort Lauderdale FL).
Cessna 421B.
Prelim report (1 killed).

On 04-17-09, shortly after takeoff, the pilot of a Cessna 421B was killed after experiencing a power loss on departure from FXE (Exec, Fort Lauderdale FL). According to witnesses, the pilot ran the engines for 20 minutes prior to the flight, apparently to troubleshoot an engine problem. He shut the engines down and was reported to have added some oil to one of the engines. The pilot then restarted the engines and ran them for another 5 minutes before taxiing to Runway 8 for departure. Witnesses added that they saw fire coming from the right engine shortly after rotation. The pilot was only able to maintain a shallow climb and flew low over a residential area. Witnesses observed the plane bank to the right, strike a house and crash. According to ATC, the pilot called FXE Tower, reported an engine problem and requested to return to the airport. ATC cleared the pilot to land on any runway but no further communication was received.

Flat-light impact.
PIC: ATP, Part 91.
Haines AK.
Aérospatiale AS350B2.
Prelim report (1 injured).

While repositioning to pick up skiers on 04-12-09, an Aérospatiale AS350B2 helicopter was substantially damaged when the pilot flew into a rising snow-covered glacier about 32 miles northwest of Haines AK. The company manager reported that the helicopter would drop off the skiers at the top of the slope and pick them up at the bottom. He added that this was not the first landing at the accident site but that the pilot had reported to him that he approached the landing site from a different direction and made the approach slightly shallower than the first landing. The pilot reported that he hit the glacier and bounced approximately 5 ft in the air and spun around 3 times before hitting the glacier. The pilot had been unable to judge his true height above the snow accurately due to flying from bright light into a shadow and with all the surfaces being white (flat lighting).

Stall on base to final.
PIC: Comm, Part 135.
16A (Nunapitchuk AK).
Piper PA32-300 Prelim report (no injuries).

A Piper PA32-300 Cherokee Six was substantially damaged on 04-10-09 when the pilot allowed the airplane to get too slow and maneuvered onto final approach when the aircraft stalled and the left wing hit snow. The on-demand cargo flight was approaching 16A (Nunapitchuk AK) when the weather began to deteriorate. The pilot reported having difficulty finding the runway due to snow and said he slowed the airplane prematurely because he thought he was closer to the airport. Because of the reduced visibility, the pilot overshot his final approach and increased the bank angle at low altitude and at low speed, which caused the aircraft to stall. He stated that there were no mechanical problems and that he should have initiated a go-around.

Impact with terrain.
PIC: ATP, public use.
Stockton UT.
Lockheed P2 Neptune.
Prelim report (3 killed).

During a positioning flight on 04-25-09, a Lockheed P2V-7 Neptune was destroyed after impact with terrain near Stockton UT. The flight had departed MSO (Missoula MT) 2 hours before the accident and was enroute ALM (Alamogordo NM) when it encountered an area of low ceilings and reduced visibility. Witnesses near the crash site stated that the aircraft sounded low but that they could not see it due to the poor weather conditions.