Preliminary Accident Reports

October 2005 Issue

July 24, 2005, Ada, Okla. / Cessna 310Q

The airplane was destroyed at 1752 Central time when it collided with terrain shortly after takeoff. The Airline Transport pilot, the two passengers and a dog were fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed. A witness standing next to an under-construction highway did not hear the airplane approaching until it was almost right over him. The airplane was “extremely low,” about 60-70 feet above the ground, with the landing gear retracted, in a shallow right turn towards the north. As the airplane crossed over the highway, it made a sharp right turn to the north and the witness thought the pilot was trying to land on the highway. However, as the airplane banked to the right, the nose of the a...

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