This month’s accident report is a really a cautionary tale, a reminder that night departures in visual meteorological conditions (VMC) into airspace over unlighted terrain are really instrument-dependent operations. The airplane was a Cessna 208B (N1120N), a Caravan cargo flight that crashed after departure from Pellston Regional Airport (KPLN) in Emmet County, at the northern end of Michigan’s lower peninsula. The sole occupant — a 26-year-old commercial pilot — ...

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