Date: October 16, 2000
Time: 17:33
Location: Hillsboro, Missouri
Operator: Private
Flight #: ?
Route: St. Louis - New Madrid
AC Type: Cessna 335
Registration: N8354N
cn / ln: 335-0064
Aboard: 3   (passengers:2  crew:1)
Fatalities: 3   (passengers:2  crew:1)
Ground: 0
Summary: The twin engine Cessna crashed into a densely wooded area, 30 miles south of St. Louis, 25 minutes after taking off from Parks Airport. The plane was flying in rain and fog when the pilot reported he was at 6,500 feet and having problems with the artificial horizon. Radar contact was soon lost with the aircraft. Witnesses reported hearing a plane in a dive followed by an explosion. Wreckage was scattered over a wide area. Mel Carnahan, 66, Governor of Missouri was killed in the accident along with a campaign aide and his son, Roger, who was piloting the plane.

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