Date: July 04, 2002
Time: 12:30
Location: San Dimas, California
Operator: Private
Flight #: -
Route: ?
AC Type: Cessna 310
Registration: N8145M
cn / ln: 310I0145
Aboard: 2   (passengers:1  crew:1)
Fatalities: 2   (passengers:1  crew:1)
Ground: 2
Summary: The aircraft lost power while taking off from Bracket Airport and crashed into picnickers on the shoreline of Puddingstone Lake in Bonelli Park. The plane was observed in a left bank, traveling approximately 30 feet above and parallel to the shoreline, before impacting two trees in a picnic area. Witnesses reported that they did not hear the engines running. The pilot made 3 consecutive mayday calls during the initial climb-out from runway 26L, however, the pilot did not indicate the nature of the emergency. Two children on the ground were killed. Fifteen others were injured. The pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed which resulted in an inadvertent stall, and subsequent collision with terrain. A contributing factor was the pilot's impairment from the effects of prescription painkilling drugs.

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