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Cessna P210N Pressurized Centurion, Ridge View Air Inc., N224MH: Accident occurred September 16, 2016 at Lancaster Airport (KLNS), Lancaster County, Pennsylvania


NTSB Identification: ERA16LA318
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 16, 2016 in Lancaster, PA
Aircraft: CESSNA P210, registration: N224MH
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 September 16, 2016, at 1105 eastern daylight time, a Cessna P210, N224MH, operated by Ridge View Air, was substantially damaged following collapse of the main landing gear during landing at Lancaster Airport (LNS), Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The flight instructor and pilot receiving instruction were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the instructional flight, which was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight departed Chester County G O Carlson Airport (MQS), Coatesville, Pennsylvania, about 1045.

According to the flight instructor, the purpose of the flight was to conduct a training session for the pilot under instruction, who was pursuing high-performance and complex airplane endorsements. The first flight leg originated from LNS, and flew to MQS, where six uneventful full-stop landings were performed which included exercising the landing gear. The second and final leg of the flight was the return to LNS. Upon arrival, the pilot receiving instruction lowered the landing gear as the airplane entered a downwind traffic pattern leg for runway 08. Subsequently, both pilots twice confirmed the landing gear was in the down and locked position. During landing, the airplane initially touched down and then momentarily lifted off, and as it did so, the landing gear warning horn sounded. The flight instructor then took the controls and set the airplane down on the right main landing gear. As the airplane decelerated, the nose wheel touched down and a right yaw developed, the left wing settled onto the runway, and the airplane slid to a stop.

Examination of the accident scene by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the airplane came to rest upright on the right side of the runway oriented on heading of about 230 degrees magnetic. The airplane was resting on the left wingtip, fuselage, and nose wheel. Both main landing gear were collapsed and near their respective "up" positions, while the nose gear was in the down position and canted toward the right. A set of two tire marks about 350 feet long was found on the runway extending west from the airplane toward the approach end of the runway. A third tire mark extended about 150 feet west from the location of the nose wheel. The left horizontal stabilizer, left elevator, and left aileron were substantially damaged. The airplane was retained for further examination at a later date.

Maintenance records revealed that the airplane's most recent annual inspection occurred on December 4, 2015, at which time the airplane had accrued a total of 3,772 hours.

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