The instrument-rated pilot and two passengers departed from the remote airport in Ranger, Texas, on a dark, moonless night.
Two witnesses reported observing the Lancair LC40 500FG take off from the lighted runway and then turn right.
The airplane’s bank angle then slowly increased to about 90°, and it subsequently descended. The airplane hit terrain 0.4 mile from the departure end of the runway, resulting in three fatalities. [Read more…]