Preliminary Accident Reports

April 2008 Issue

February 4, 2008, Baytown, Texas, Cessna 210

The airplane was destroyed when it collided with terrain at about 1845 Central time following loss of control while in cruise flight. The non-instrument rated private pilot and sole occupant was fatally injured. At about 1830, the airplane initiated a descent from 6500 feet. Prior to disappearing from radar at 1844, the airplane made a single, descending "S" turn, beginning at an altitude of 2400 feet, and ending at the last radar plot at 1100 feet. A witness, who lived near the crash site, reported hearing the airplane engine "winding up." A few moments later he heard the impact. The witness also reported the weather at the time of the crash was extremely foggy, with visibility less than a tenth of a mile.

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