August 17, 2011, Tupelo, Miss., Cessna 310Q


The airplane struck a main road and impacted a tree in a residential yard at 0805 Central time. The pilot was killed and the airplane incurred substantial damage. Visual conditions prevailed.

Witnesses observed the airplane take off. As it reached an estimated 300-500 feet agl, it turned left and descended. Witnesses disagreed about the engines’ sound. The airplane flew under electrical power lines and over the airport’s perimeter fence, impacting the adjacent main road and separating all three landing gear. The airplane’s nose section impacted a three-foot-diameter tree. The instrument panel was compressed aft to the aft wing spar.


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