The banner tow airplane departed, circled, and returned to the airport in Gansevoort, N.Y., for the banner pickup. The operator said he was using a handheld radio and was prepared to provide flightpath adjustments to the pilot for the banner pickup, but the approach was “perfect” and the pickup was successful.
He announced over the radio that the banner was captured and “looked good,” but the Cessna 182 then climbed at a much shallower angle than anticipated and drifted left of the runway heading.
The plane subsequently collided with a treetop, rolled inverted, and hit the ground in a nose-down attitude, killing both people on board. [Read more…]