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Tail numberN7510Y
Accident dateOctober 23, 2008
Aircraft typePiper PA-30
LocationSelmer, TN
Near 35.121945 N, -88.604722 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On October 23, 2008, about 2134 central daylight time, a Piper PA-30, N7510Y, registered to and operated by a private individual, experienced an in-flight loss of control and crashed in a corn field near Selmer, Tennessee. Instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the 14 Code of Federal (CFR) Part 91 personal flight from Hutchinson County Airport (BGD), Borger, Texas, to Roscoe Turner Airport (CRX), Corinth, Mississippi. The airplane was substantially damaged by impact and the certificated private pilot was killed. The flight originated from BGD about 1607.

There was no record of any weather briefing with Lockheed Martin Automated Flight Service Station (LM AFSS) or either Direct User Access Terminal (DUAT) vendor for the intended flight. Additionally, there was no record of contact with any Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control (ATC) facility during the flight. The pilot reportedly contacted a friend before departure and was told about adverse weather near the destination airport. The pilot reportedly advised the friend he would approach the airport from the north to avoid the weather.

The non-instrument rated pilot departed under visual flight rules (VFR) and proceeded towards the destination airport. While flying during a dark night over a sparsely populated area, a witness located approximately 2 miles from the crash site reported an airplane flew low over her house. Additionally, a pilot-rated witness reported IMC conditions prevailed in the area due to clouds and fog. There were no known witnesses to the accident; the airplane crashed in a corn field and the wreckage was spotted the next morning.

Preliminary examination of the accident site revealed the airplane impacted the south and west portion of a corn field. The energy path along the ground was oriented on a magnetic heading of 184 degrees. All components necessary to sustain flight were attached or found in close proximity to the main wreckage; there was no fire on any part of the wreckage. Extensive damage was noted to the right wing, and the empennage was displaced to the right. The nose and cockpit were destroyed by impact.

A special surface observation weather report (SPEC METAR) taken at Robert Sibley Airport (SZY), at 2129, or approximately 5 minutes before the accident, indicates a 500 foot ceiling and 4 statute miles visibility. The accident site was located approximately 7 nautical miles southwest from SZY, and also 12 nautical miles north of the destination airport.

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