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Tue, Nov 10, 2020
Pilot Said He Wanted To Test Autopilot Functionality
On October 21, 2020, at 1431 central daylight time, a Beech V35A airplane, N35DC, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Slidell Airport (ASD), Slidell, Louisiana. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. In a statement provided by the pilot’s flight instructor, he reported that the pilot did not fly often but was interested in renewing his instrument currency. The pilot also told him that the airplane’s autopilot was recently repaired and he wanted to test its functionality. On the day of the accident, the pilot landed at ASD and the instructor boarded the airplane while the engine remained on.
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