MU-2 crash kills pilot and one on ground

 - May 15, 2008, 11:47 AM

A Mitsubishi MU-2 crashed into a car dealership April 15 at about 3 p.m. near San Juan, Puerto Rico. The sole-occupant pilot and one person on the ground were killed. The twin turboprop, N45BS, was registered to Maxfly Aviation of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and was being operated by Crucian International Airlines. According to the NTSB, the aircraft was midway through the second orbit of a holding pattern that had started at 1,500 ft msl, but had descended to 800 ft when ATC radar lost contact. A pilot-rated witness saw the MU-2 in a 45-deg bank to the right and a slightly nose-low attitude before he lost sight of it. The witness said the ceiling was about 300 ft and there was a light drizzle.