Preliminary Accident Reports

January 2003 Issue

October 01, Laramie, Wyo. / Cessna 210

At 1627 mountain time, a Cessna T210M struck terrain while maneuvering 16 miles northeast of Laramie, killing the pilot. Instrument meteorological conditions existed at the accident site and the airplane had been on an IFR flight plan. The pilot was at FL170 when he requested a descent to 13,000 feet to “see if we can work our way through these clouds.” Ten minutes later he reported he was “presently about 39 miles to the northwest of Laramie. Got a pretty big opening. I’m gonna cancel out on this IFR. I think I can make a big circle and get under this scattered layer...” Radar contact was lost seven minutes later after the airplane had made three 360-degree turns and was at 10,500 feet. The...

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