Preliminary Accident Reports

July 1999 Issue

Apr. 23, Hayward, Calif. / Cessna 210 Centurion

At 19:51 PDT, a Cessna 210 collided with an electrical transmission line and an apartment building in Hayward, killing the two passengers and leaving the pilot with serious injuries. The pilot radioed that he was running low on fuel and did not think he would be able to reach the airport. He also reported that he was switching tanks. A witness on a hill about 1 mile east of the crash site reported that she saw the aircraft gliding toward her window. She said that the propeller was turning but that there was no engine sound. The aircraft proceeded westbound, paralleling the south side of transmission lines that run east to west until reaching a point about 3 miles southeast of the airport. As...

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