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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45958
Last updated: 15 October 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C310 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 310F
Registration: N5834X
MSN: 310-0134
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Carmel Valley, CA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Monterey, CA (MRY)
Destination airport:Carson City, NV (CXP)
Investigating agency: NTSB
During an instrument departure climbout to VFR conditions on top, the airplane impacted a coastal mountain slope in near vertical, diving flight. Radar data showed that the initial climbout was on course; however, upon reaching the initial navigational fix, the airplane ceased climbing and turned in the wrong direction toward rising terrain. The pilot reported no difficulty and his voice was calm. The engine sound, audible in the background of the communication, was smooth and synchronized. The air traffic controller issued a terrain warning and instructed the pilot to reverse course immediately if not in VFR conditions. In the next 14 seconds the aircraft climbed 400 feet and then disappeared from radar. The airplane's instruments and switches were destroyed by impact.
Probable Cause: The in-flight loss of control of the airplane in instrument meteorological conditions for undetermined reasons.



Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
10-Dec-2017 11:15 ASN Update Bot Updated [Source, Narrative]

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