Monday, November 03, 2014

Cessna T210M Turbo Centurion, N1593M: Accident occurred November 02, 2014 in Jackson, Oregon

NTSB Identification: WPR15LA032 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, November 02, 2014 in Jacksonville, OR
Aircraft: CESSNA T210M, registration: N1593M
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 November 2, 2014, about 1456 Pacific standard time, a Cessna T210M, N1593M, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near Jacksonville, Oregon. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The private pilot, sole occupant of the airplane, sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The cross-country flight originated from Grants Pass, Oregon, with an intended destination of Long Beach, California.

The pilot reported that during cruise flight at an altitude of about 12,000 feet mean sea level, the engine began to run rough and oil began covering the windshield. The pilot immediately diverted to Medford, Oregon and shortly after, the engine lost power. The pilot initiated a forced landing in an open field and during the landing roll, the right wing struck the ground and the airplane nosed over.

Examination of the airplane by local law enforcement revealed that the right wing, at the flap aileron junction, was bent downward about 45 degrees. Oil was observed on the windshield and surrounding fuselage area. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Portland FSDO-09

RUCH — A Grants Pass man walked away unscathed after flipping his plane during a forced landing in a field near Cantrall Buckley Park on Sunday afternoon.

James H. Nance was piloting a single-engine Cessna T210M through clear skies en route to Southern California from the Grants Pass Airport when he encountered mechanical issues shortly after crossing into Siskiyou County. 

Nance turned his airplane back, radioed the Medford airport tower about his engine difficulties, and decided to put down roughly 15 to 20 miles from where he took off.

As the white aircraft with yellow and red striping descended into the Applegate Valley, local firefighters spotted the plane.

Applegate Fire District Capt. Greg Gilbert was on the deck behind the station when he saw the stricken plane.

"At first we thought it was crop dusting because there was so much white smoke pouring out," Gilbert said. "We saw it flip and we were on the road before we even got the (dispatch) tones."

Nance, 57, who was headed to Long Beach, Calif., found a relatively flat but muddy hay field not far from the entrance to Cantrall Buckley County Park off Hamilton Road.

Gilbert said the call came in at 2:57 p.m. and his rig was on the scene one minute later.

"He came in pretty hot, and had to put on the brakes," Gilbert said. "As he braked, he found a pothole and flipped."

The pilot was alone, uninjured, emerged from the plane without help, and declined ambulance transport.

"You never know with smaller aircraft," Gilbert said. "I've been to other landings like this where it didn't turn out so well. The good thing was that he was trying to land at a flatter angle instead of a nose dive."

Gilbert suggested the six-seat Cessna, built in 1977, would stay put until Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and insurance inspectors had surveyed the scene.

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