March 4, 2010, Louisa, Va., Cessna T303 Crusader


At about 1245 Eastern time, the airplane was substantially damaged during impact with a residential area, following a loss of engine power during takeoff. The commercial pilot was killed. Visual conditions prevailed.

Before taking off, the pilot refueled the airplane with 148.7 gallons of 100LL. A witness noted the takeoff, which “didnt sound right.” According to the witness, an engine appeared to be “running rough and not making power.” Other witnesses noted grayish black smoke emanating from the airplane as it flew overhead. The airplane then rolled left and descended nose down into the front yard of a residence. A postcrash fire consumed a majority of the wreckage and the residence. One person was inside the residence at the time, and was able to exit without injury.


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