December 12, 2009, Alva, Okla., Cessna 310R


The airplane was substantially damaged at about 2355 Central when it collided with terrain while executing an instrument approach. The solo commercial pilot was fatally injured. An IFR flight plan was filed; night instrument conditions prevailed.

The airplane came to rest in the upright position, on a heading of approximately 114 degrees, and about mile south of Runway 35. The wreckage consisted of the airplane largely intact, sitting on its belly. The landing gear was in the retracted position; both the gear handle switch and flap switch were found in the up positions. There were no reported emergency or distress calls from the pilot. Weather in the area at the time of the accident was reported as foggy; first responders had difficulty locating the accident site due to the poor visibility.


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