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Cessna T210L Turbo Centurion, N94086: Accident occurred June 16, 2013 in Fresno, California

NTSB Identification: WPR13LA274
 14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 16, 2013 in Fresno, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA T210L, registration: N94086
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On June 16, 2013, about 1140 Pacific daylight time (PDT), a Cessna T210L, N94086, landed gear-up at Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fresno, California. The owner/pilot was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The private pilot and one passenger were not injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage. The local personal flight departed Fowler, California. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot reported that he was unable to fully retract the landing gear after takeoff. He was unable to correct the situation and attempted to manually extend the landing gear. That too was unsuccessful and he elected to land with the nose gear partially extended and the main gear retracted. During the landing, the airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing, left aileron, left horizontal stabilizer, and elevator.

The airplane was recovered for further examination.

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A Cessna 210 made an emergency landing Sunday at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport due to landing gear issues. 

he pilot had to make an emergency crash landing at Fresno Yosemite International Airport.

The emergency landing caused several flight delays after shutting down the runway. Luckily, the couple inside the aircraft was not injured.

"It did a lot of damage to the airplane but hey, we're in one piece," said Jim Simonian. He and his wife, Eileen, walked away from a crash landing at FYI Sunday, without any injuries.

The couple flew out of Selma's airport that same morning to have Father's Day breakfast at Harris Ranch when they noticed something wrong with their Cessna 210.

"When I left, I noticed that the landing gear didn't come up properly and I tried to put it back down again and it didn't work," said Jim Simonian.

The Fowler City Councilman and stone fruit farmer has been a pilot for 40 years but never encountered a problem this severe.

"You train for this kind of stuff and so I didn't like it. But I didn't exactly start screaming at the top of my lungs either," said Jim.

Jim said he then handed over the controls to his wife while he read the emergency manual and called for help. "I'm okay. It was quite an experience," said Eileen Simonian.

Emergency crews directed them to land on FYI's runway. "We landed and we rolled out. It was just like a normal landing except the wing dipped and it kind of took us around," said Jim. The plane was damaged but he and his wife were okay.

The crash shutdown the airport's only functioning runway delaying outgoing flights while rerouting incoming flights.

"We came here on the other side to see if we could take a look and find out what was going on. And then my wife called me and told me they were going to be in Bakersfield for at least 2 hours," said Timothy Simmons of Clovis. His wife's Phoenix flight was rerouted from Fresno to Bakersfield.

Despite the entire ordeal, the Simonian's had a positive attitude about the situation. "We're still going to go have breakfast. How does that sound?," said Jim.

It took airport crews several hours to remove the aircraft and reopen the runway.

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