CESSNA 425, SAN JOSE, CALIF., MARCH 6, 2002–“Just lost my needle…give me…” was the last transmission controllers heard from the pilot of a Corsair (Conquest I) climbing through 8,000 ft. Preliminary reports suggest the pilot experienced a loss of control in IMC that caused the Corsair’s in-flight breakup. Henry “Hank” Guenther, the 62-year-old instrument-rated pilot, and his two passengers died in the crash.
The pilot and two passengers aboard a Cessna 425 Conquest I were killed March 6 after the aircraft suffered an in-flight breakup and crashed about 13 mi from Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose, Calif., where the twin turboprop had departed six minutes earlier at 10:29 a.m. The airplane, N444JV, was on an IFR flight plan to La Paz, Mexico, when at about 8,000 ft msl the pilot reported, “I just lost my needle.
Menominee, Mich., Twin County Airport manager Tony Krysiak told AIN that on December 5 he saw Cessna 425 Conquest N425JP taxi in, turn left and crash into the terminal building. He estimated damage to the terminal building to be about $250,000 to $300,000. He also said there was substantial damage to the engines and propellers of the Conquest.
Cessna 425 Conquest I, Tulear, Madagascar, Oct. 25, 2006–All six people aboard the Services et Transports Aeriens Conquest, 5R-MGV, were killed when the turboprop twin crashed soon after takeoff from Tulear Airport on a VFR flight plan in visual conditions. Witnesses reported seeing sparks come from the aircraft immediately after takeoff and it banked to the right before descending. Fire broke out and the airplane was destroyed.
Cessna 425 Conquest I, Lone Tree, Colo., Aug. 13, 2005–The NTSB determined that the cause of the accident was the pilot’s failure to properly execute the published instrument approach procedure.
Cessna 425 Conquest I, Bozeman, Mont., Nov. 29, 2005–Salt Lake Center had cleared Conquest N701QR for the procedure turn to a holding pattern at 12:40 p.m. and told the pilot to contact Gallatin Field, his destination. The pilot, the sole occupant, read back the clearance correctly and there were no further transmissions. The airplane disappeared from radar at 5:40 p.m. and crashed on a ranch. The pilot was killed.