NTSB Identification: FTW95FA401.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 24, 1995 in GROOM, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/07/1996
Aircraft: Cessna T210L, registration: N2599S
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

During a refueling stop at Amarillo, Texas, the instrument rated, private pilot received a weather briefing and filed an IFR flight plan to Guthrie, Oklahoma. During departure, the pilot took off at night in the auto-pilot equipped airplane, and made a climb to 7,000 feet msl. About four minutes after level-off, Albuquerque Center lost radar and radio contact with the airplane. Several witnesses either heard the airplane crash or saw a postimpact fire, but no known witnesses saw the plane before impact. Examination of the crash site revealed the airplane impacted in a steep descent, but the investigation did not find any anomalies with the engine or the airframe. Pathological examination of the pilot did not show any preexisting condition that could have contributed to the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

Loss of control for unknown reason(s).

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