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Early Analysis: Cessna 310 Crash On Departure—Santa Fe, New Mexico

N5251C Cessna T310R II

The NTSB has released its preliminary report (WPR23FA275) regarding the investigation into the Cessna T310R II accident near the Santa Fe Airport, New Mexico.

On Tuesday, July 18, a Cessna T310R crashed on departure from Santa Fe Regional Airport in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sadly, the pilot—the sole occupant on board the airplane—perished in the accident. No one on the ground was hurt.

The turbo-charged twin airplane took off from Runway 20, shortly after 9:00 a.m., bound for Santa Monica Airport in California. Just a few minutes after departure, the pilot contacted the tower reporting that an engine had failed. Soon thereafter, the airplane crashed into a nearby residence.

In Early Analysis: Cessna 310 Crash—Santa Fe, New Mexico, the AOPA Air Safety Institute makes a preliminary assessment of the accident, addressing notable portions of the tragic flight and highlighting areas the NTSB will likely investigate to determine a probable cause.

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AOPA Air Safety Institute staff
AOPA Air Safety Institute Staff members share a deep passion for aviation safety. As compassionate pilots, we bring together safety research, analysis, and knowledge in creative ways to share aviation safety education with you—with the ultimate goal of one day having zero fatal accidents in GA.
Topics: Accident, Takeoffs and Landings, Aircraft Systems

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