Cessna 310 Crash Kills Promising Golfers

A family of three was killed over the weekend in a Cessna 310 crash near Jacksonville, Florida. The preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report indicates that the crash occurred at 6:21 p.m. on Sunday while the twin was flying in night IMC on a missed approach out of the Jacksonville Executive Airport (KCRG). The airplane ended up in a retaining pond about a mile from the airport. At the time of the accident, the cloud ceiling was reported at 200 feet with visibility of 2.5 miles in mist.

The pilot was flying on an instrument flight plan and had attempted the ILS to Runway 32. After the missed approach was executed, the airplane climbed about 100 feet before radar contact was lost.

The NTSB preliminary report indicates that the nose and leading edges of the wings were damaged in the impact while the empennage remained intact. The landing gear had been retracted and flaps were set at approximately 15 degrees. The pilot was appropriately rated for the flight and had accumulated about 1,600 hours of flight time, according to his last medical application from August 2, 2013. The investigation into the cause of the accident continues.

The pilot, Michael Huber, and his two daughters were reportedly flying to Jacksonville to drop off the older daughter, Tess, 20, who attended the University of North Florida. Tess Huber participated in UND’s Osprey Golf Program where she had enjoyed a very successful fall. The flight originated at St. Lucie County International Airport (KFPR) in Fort Pierce, Florida, where Huber and his younger daughter, Abigail, 17, also an accomplished golfer, lived.

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Pia Bergqvist joined FLYING in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of flight time in nearly 40 different types of aircraft.

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