Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Cessna P210N Centurion, Stubblefield Construction Company, N6609P: Fatal accident occurred May 18, 2016 in Sheridan Lake, Tribune, Kansas

Kathryn's Report: 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Denver FSDO-03

Stubblefield Construction Company:

NTSB Identification: CEN16FA188 

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in Sheridan Lake, CO
Aircraft: CESSNA P210N, registration: N6609P
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On May 18, 2016, about 0901 mountain daylight time, a Cessna P210N, N6609P, sustained substantial damage when it impacted a field in a flat spin about 4 miles northeast of Sheridan Lake, Colorado. The pilot, the sole occupant, received fatal injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the Stubblefield Construction Company under the provisions of the 14 Code of Federal Regulations as a Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and the airplane was receiving visual flight rules (VFR) flight following from the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) in Denver, Colorado. The airplane departed the Rock Springs-Sweetwater County Airport (RKS), Rock Springs, Wyoming, about 0645 and was en route to the Wiley Post Airport (PWA), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Earlier that morning, the pilot departed the Nampa Municipal Airport (MAN), Nampa, Idaho, about 0222 and landed in RKS about 0442. A witness at RKS reported that the pilot had the airplane topped off with 68 gallons of fuel. He reported that the pilot slept in the pilot's lounge for about one hour before departing to WPA.

Radar track data indicated that the airplane was flying on a southeast heading at 17,300 ft pressure altitude until 0847. Then the airplane started a series of turns, climbs, and descents that proceeded in a northerly direction. The air traffic controller stated on the radio that he suspected that the pilot might be hypoxic, and instructed the pilot to descend to a VFR altitude below 12,500 ft. The airplane started to descend and its last recorded radar return at 0900:32 indicated that the airplane's pressure altitude was 9,200 ft.

The airplane impacted a harvested field of milo in a wings-level, flat attitude. The left wing was canted aft and the right wing was canted forward indicative of a left hand spin. The tail was slightly to the left of the fuselage and the engine was slightly to the right. The fuselage was leaning slightly to the left. The landing gear was found in the retracted position.

The left wing remained attached to the fuselage. It was bent forward at the root and was bent upward at the flap/aileron junction where the wing was resting on the ground. There was no leading edge compression damage. The left flap was in the retracted position.

The right wing remained attached to the fuselage. It was bent downward at the root and was bent upward in the middle of the right aileron area where the wing was resting on the ground. There was no leading edge compression damage to the right wing. The right flap was hanging down approximately 10 degrees. Examination of the flap cables indicated the right flap cable was separated near the right wing root. The bottom side of the right wing had oil residue from the wing root extending outward toward the outboard end of the right flap.

The tail was fractured almost completely around its circumference at the dorsal. The rudder and elevators remained attached to the empennage. The rudder balance weight was separated from the top of the rudder and it was lying on the ground directly below the rudder.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email,  and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email

EADS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a man was killed when he crashed his small airplane into a field near the Colorado-Kansas border.

According to the Kiowa County Sheriff's Office, 64-year-old John Lee Stubblefield, of Meridian, Idaho, crashed his Cessna P210 northeast of Sheridan Lake on Wednesday morning.

Two F16 aircraft and a B1 Bomber were training in the area and found the crash site.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash, the cause of which has not been released.

Media Release: Fatal Airplane Crash Under Investigation in Kiowa County 

Eads, Colo. –May 18, 2016 – Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office is on the scene of a fatal airplane crash in Eastern Kiowa County. 

One fatality is confirmed following a single engine aircraft crash near Highway 96 and County Road 71.  

Representatives from the  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) enroute to the crash site to begin an investigation.

The Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call just after 9:30 a.m. 

Multiple agencies responded to the incident including the Kiowa County Fire Protection District’s fire and ambulance crews and the Colorado State Patrol.  

The coroner is responding to the accident site.  

The Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office will remain at the incident site until the FAA and NTSB arrive. 

Updates on this incident will be posted to the Kiowa Sheriff Facebook account at   

No comments: