New Directive Results From Cessna 310 Crash

When NASCAR's Cessna 310 crashed in June 2007 following an in flight fire, it touched off a process that has yielded a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin. The twin crashed, killing both pilots and three on the ground. The new SAIB involves the practice of taking off with "a known and unresolved discrepancy." It is believed the NASCAR pilots were aware of a possible electrical problem but reset the circuit breaker and took off anyway.

Mark Phelps is a senior editor at AVweb. He is an instrument rated private pilot and former owner of a Grumman American AA1B and a V-tail Bonanza.

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