Narrative:A Cessna 500, N8DX, collided with terrain in a residential neighborhood near Marietta, Georgia, USA. The private pilot, and sole
occupant, was fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed by the impact and post-impact fire.
The flight originated from Cincinnati Airport, Ohio, about 18:12 hours local time, and was destined for Atlanta-Fulton County Airport, Georgia. The flight then climbed to the cruising altitude of FL230.
While in contact with the Atlanta Air Route Traffic Control Center, the pilot requested a radar vector direct to Fulton County Airport. He stated that the reason for the request was because his autopilot was not working and he was having steering problems.
A witness, who was a professional pilot, stated that he observed the airplane flying level on a southerly heading about a 1,000 ft below the cloud layer near Marietta, Georgia. The witness said there was nothing unusual about the airplane until it made a complete 360° roll to the left before entering a steep 90° bank to the left. The witness said the airplane then rolled inverted and entered a vertical nose down dive.
The airplane impacted the front yard of a home in a residential neighborhood in a nose level/wings level attitude.
The aircraft was a Sierra Eagle wing conversion of a Cessna 500 Citation I. This performance upgrade also allows single pilot operations.
Loss of control
METAR Weather report:
22:53 UTC / 18:53 local time: KFTY 242253Z 16009KT 10SM SCT060 23/08 A3027 RMK AO2 SLP246 T02280083
Weather at Fulton County Airport: wind 160° at 9 knots; scattered clouds at 6000 feet; Tempeture 23°C, Dew point: 8°C
23:47 UTC / 19:47 local time: KRYY 242347Z 16008KT 10SM OVC055 21/09 A3028
Weather at Cobb Country Airport: wind 160° at 8 knots; overcast at 5500 feet; Tempeture 21°C, Dew point: 9°C
23:53 UTC / 19:53 local time: KFTY 242353Z 17006KT 10SM OVC060 22/09 A3028 RMK AO2 SLP250 T02220089 10233 20211 55006
Weather at Fulton County Airport: wind 170° at 6 knots; overcast at 6000 feet; Tempeture 22°C, Dew point: 9°C
Incident aircraft seen here on final approach to runway 09 at Fort Lauderdale Executive
Video, social media
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Cincinnati Municipal Airport, OH to Atlanta-Fulton County Airport, GA as the crow flies is 588 km (368 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.