Date & Time: Jul 11, 2007 at 1215 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N105GC
Flight Type:
Positioning
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Melbourne - Orlando
MSN:
31-7652130
YOM:
1976
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
13000
Captain / Total hours on type:
200
Circumstances:

According to the operator, the airplane had undergone routine maintenance and was returned to service on the day prior to the accident flight. The purpose of the accident flight was to reposition the airplane to Orlando and pick up passengers. During flight, while cruising at 4,000 feet, the pilote heard a loud bang and saw that the right forward windscreen and right side window had broken. He then saw the right engine's top cowling was missing and felt the aircraft "shudder" as it began to descend. Although full power was applied to the left engine, the airplane would not maintain altitude, so the pilot attempted to land on a paved sit he had identified. While attempting to land, the pilot realized tha the airplane did not have a sufficient glidepath to clear a tree line and buildings, and landed the airplane in a clear area about 1,500 yards short of the intended landing area. The aircraft came to rest in a field of scrub brush, and a short time later, the grass under the left engine ignited. The subsequent brush fire consumed the airplane. The pilot escaped without any injury.