Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2011 Issue

March 11, 2011, Smyrna, Tenn., Cessna 310R

At about 1343 Central time, the airplane was destroyed during a collision with flat terrain following an uncontrolled descent after takeoff. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed. The flight was the fourth in a series of acceptance flights after a new avionics suite and autopilot system were installed. All the new equipment tested satisfactorily on the ground, but did not yet function as designed in flight.

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