The pilot and three passengers boarded the Cessna 172 for a flight at night near Willoughby Hills, Ohio.
The controller cleared the flight for takeoff and observed the airplane lift off about 2,000 feet down the runway.
Shortly after liftoff, the pilot contacted the controller and reported that the airplane was not “climbing fast” and that he wanted to make a left turn to return to the airport. The controller approved the left turn and observed the airplane begin a left turn and descend to impact with the terrain, killing all four aboard. [Read more…]