Preliminary Accident Reports

October 2010 Issue

August 10, 2010, Orange, Mass., Cessna 172

The airplane was substantially damaged when it impacted trees and terrain at 2115 Eastern time, shortly after takeoff. The two private pilots on board were fatally injured. Night visual conditions prevailed. Shortly before takeoff, the airplane’s fuel tanks were topped off. The lineman subsequently reported the pilots did not sump the tanks but that the run-up and takeoff were normal.

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