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Crash of a Piper PA-46-310P Malibu near Watkinsville: 3 killed

Date & Time: Mar 3, 2020 at 1634 LT
Registration:
N43368
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Columbia – Tuscaloosa
MSN:
46-8408028
YOM:
1984
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
En route from Columbia, SC, to Tuscaloosa, AL, while cruising at an altitude of 6,500 feet, the single engine airplane initiated a right turn then the pilot encountered poor weather conditions. Control was lost and the aircraft crashed in a wooded located west of Watkinsville, near Bishop, bursting into flames. The aircraft was destroyed and all three occupants were killed.