Pilot killed in final approach accident

 - October 29, 2009, 6:01 AM

Socata TBM 700, Kennesaw, Ga., July 15, 2008–The turboprop single was destroyed and its pilot killed when it rolled inverted and collided with trees short of the runway at Cobb County-McCollum Field. The pilot was concluding a one-hour flight in VMC from Southwest Georgia Regional Airport in Albany, Ga.

Witnesses at the airport reported the aircraft on short final for Runway 9 when ATC requested that the pilot perform an “S” turn so two airplanes could take off. The accident pilot acknowledged the instructions and began to execute the maneuver when the aircraft seemed to do a wing-over onto its back and go straight down. Much of the wreckage was consumed by the post-impact fire.

Subsequent attempts at recreating the accident by the NTSB in a full-motion type simulator showed that a steep turn to the runway heading, as performed by the pilot, could result in a stall if power was not added.