Hard rain, lack of experience, bad combination

This June 2010 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

Aircraft: Cessna 310. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Ashdown, Ark. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot, who did not hold a multi-engine rating and had not received instruction in the 310, was attempting to take off from a grass runway.

As the plane accelerated to an indicated airspeed of approximately 80 mph, it suddenly began to rain hard. Unable to see, the pilot attempted to abort the takeoff roll by retarding the throttles and applying the brakes. There was not sufficient runway to bring the airplane to a stop. The airplane went off the runway and hit a mobile home.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane.

Probable cause: The loss of directional control during the takeoff roll and the pilot’s lack of experience in the airplane.

For more information: NTSB.gov. NTSB Identification: CEN10CA436


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