On September 3, 1994, at 0700 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna T210L, N732DT, collided with trees shortly after taking off from a private airstrip near Kettleman City, California. The pilot was conducting a visual flight rules personal flight to Riverton, Wyoming. The airplane, owned and operated by the pilot, sustained substantial damage. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. Neither the certificated private pilot nor his three passengers were injured. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
The pilot stated in the aircraft accident report that the sun blinded him as he lifted the nose on takeoff. The wing tip struck the tree branches alongside the airstrip, which turned the airplane into a row of trees.
The pilot did not report experiencing any preexisting mechanical failures or malfunctions. The pilot indicated that a takeoff in the opposite direction could have prevented the accident.