NTSB Identification: NYC01WA051
Accident occurred Friday, October 20, 2000 in DOSSENHEIM, Germany
Aircraft: Cessna T303, registration: N9645C
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On October 20, 2000, at 0700 Greenwich Mean Time, a Cessna T303, N9645C, was destroyed when it struck terrain near Dossenheim, Germany. The pilot was fatally injured. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site. The flight had been operated on both visual (VFR) and instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plans.

According to information released by the Bundesstelle fur Flugunfalluntersuchung (BFU), the pilot departed Regensburg, Germany, en route to Mannheim, Germany, on a combination VFR/IFR/VFR flight plan. In the Mannheim area, he cancelled his IFR clearance and proceeded VFR toward the airport. About 10 nautical miles from touchdown on Runway 27, he deviated from his course and the airplane struck a mountain at an elevation of 1,700 feet. The airplane made contact with several trees prior to coming to rest. There was a post-crash fire.

Weather reports in the area revealed the mountains were enveloped in clouds, and there were occasional holes through which blue sky could be seen. The pilot's last communication to the Mannheim control tower indicated that he had found a clear area and was now proceeding toward the airport.

This investigation is under the jurisdiction of the BFU, Federal Republic of Germany. Any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation Bundesstelle fur Flugunfalluntersuchung Hermann-Blenk-Str.16 D-38108 Braunschweig, Germany

Phone Number: + 49 531 3548 - 0; Fax: + 49 531 3548 - 246

This report is for information purposes only, and contains only information released by the BFU.

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