Final report: Pilot blamed for TBM crash

 - December 29, 2009, 8:50 AM

Socata TBM700, Kennesaw, Ga., July 15, 2008–The NTSB attributed the fatal crash of the single-engine turboprop to the pilot’s failure to maintain airspeed during final approach, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall. The aircraft was destroyed and its pilot killed when it rolled inverted and collided with trees short of the runway at Cobb County-McCollum Field. 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 and began to execute the maneuver when the witnesses said the aircraft seemed to do a wing-over onto its back and go straight down.