Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Cessna 310G, N2212A: Accident occurred April 29, 2018 at Gainesville Regional Airport (KGNV), Alachua County, Florida

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


Location: Gainesville, FL
Accident Number: GAA18CA243
Date & Time: 04/29/2018, 2130 EDT
Registration: N2212A
Aircraft: CESSNA 310
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Controlled flight into terr/obj (CFIT)
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, on final approach at night, while speaking with the control tower, the left horizontal stabilizer struck a tree. The pilot added full power, pitched up, the airplane yawed left, and he resumed final approach. The airplane landed without further incident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left horizontal stabilizer.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 30, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/15/2014
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/12/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 207.3 hours (Total, all aircraft), 67.3 hours (Total, this make and model), 115.3 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 19 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 7.3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1.5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N2212A
Model/Series: 310 G
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1962
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 310G-0018
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 5
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/21/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 4990 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3193.5 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-470-D
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 260 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGNV, 123 ft msl
Observation Time: 0053 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 321°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 8500 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 13°C
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 80°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: PERRY, GA (PXE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Type of Clearance: VFR; VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1945 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 151 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 11
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7504 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  29.689167, -82.273333 (est)

AIRCRAFT: 1962 Cessna 310G N2212A, s/n: 310G-0018

The last annual completed on 03/21/2018 at 3193.5 Hobbs. Current Hobbs is 3202.3                                                              

ENGINES: Continental IO-470D,  Left s/n:104553-5-D ;  Right s/n: R79692-1-D

The last annual inspection was completed on both engines on 03/21/2018 at 3178.7 Hobbs, 378.5 TSMO

PROPELLERS:  The propellers are Hartzell HC-C2YF-24F.  Left s/n: AN7508B, Right s/n: AN7509B.

The last annual inspection was completed on 03/21/2018 at 3133.5 AFTT, 378.5 PTT                              


(1) Garmin 430W (removed for safekeeping)

(1)  King KX 96 TSO Comm

(1)  King KNS 80 Nav System

(1)  King KT 76 Transponder

(1)  PS Engineering Audio Panel

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  The left propeller struck a treetop before landing at KGNV.


Damage includes but may not be limited to the following:    

The left Propeller struck a tree. 

There are organic deposits on the blades and paintwork of the nacelle, left outer landing gear door, the left side of the horizontal stabilizer, and the left rudder cap.

The left landing gear door, left horizontal stabilizer, and left rudder cap have damage from impact with the tree.

There is damaged paint on the left nacelle and underside of the wing.

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  Gainesville, Florida (KGNV)

Read more here:  http://www.avclaims.com/N2212A.html

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