Preliminary Accident Reports

December 2010 Issue

October 3, 2010, Avalon, Calif., Cessna 310

At about 1535 Pacific time, the airplane was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain immediately after takeoff. The non-instrument-rated owner-pilot and one passenger received minor injuries; one passenger received serious injuries. Visual conditions prevailed. The previous day, the pilot flew the passengers to Catalina Island and then flew back to the mainland. On the day of the accident, the pilot arrived and joined the passengers for lunch. The pilot then noticed weather was deteriorating and suggested they depart.

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