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Cessna 310Q, N7733Q: Accident occurred April 13, 2022 at Craig Field Airport (KSEM), Selma, Dallas County, Alabama

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham, Alabama

Jupiter Flight Service and Investing LLC 

Location: Selma, Alabama 
Accident Number: ERA22LA198
Date and Time: April 13, 2022, 20:15 UTC
Registration: N7733Q
Aircraft: Cessna 310 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On April 13, 2022, about 1515 central daylight time, a Cessna 310Q, N7733Q, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Selma, Alabama. The pilot and pilot-rated passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that immediately after takeoff from runway 15 at Craig Field Airport (SEM), Selma, Alabama, he needed to use significant left rudder to maintain directional control. After observing the engine monitors and noting that both engines were producing power, he held full left aileron and rudder input to maintain level flight and instructed the pilot-rated passenger to adjust the thrust levers to turn the airplane back to the airport for a precautionary landing. They were able to maneuver the airplane to land on the airport property, landing hard in the grass at a 45° angle to runway 33. The nose landing gear (NLG) fractured at landing.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to the fuselage. The inspector also reported that the accident flight was the first flight after the airplane was painted, and that the flight controls had been removed for the painting.

The airplane was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N7733Q
Model/Series: 310Q
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: SEM,167 ft msl
Observation Time: 20:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C /16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3400 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 170°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 4100 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.86 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Selma, AL
Destination: Atlanta, GA (FTY)

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: 32.343947,-86.987806

Aircraft departed and experienced a low climb rate, pilot returned to airport and on landing a wind gust pushed aircraft off runway and nose gear collapsed.

Date: 13-APR-22
Time: 20:15:00Z
Regis#: N7733Q
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 310
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

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