Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Cessna T210L, cross country flight conducted under the provisions of Federal Code of Regulations Part 91, N210LC: Accident occurred October 18, 2016 at Austin Executive Airport (KEDC), Pflugerville, Travis County, Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;  San Antonio, Texas

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

https://registry.faa.gov/N210LC

Location: Pflugerville, TX
Accident Number: CEN17LA022
Date & Time: 10/18/2016, 1015 CDT
Registration: N210LC
Aircraft: CESSNA T210L
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear collapse
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 18, 2016, about 1015 central daylight time, a Cessna T210L airplane, N210LC, registered to Ventana Development Brazos LLC, Bay City, Texas, sustained substantial damage after the right main landing gear collapsed upon landing at the Austin Executive Airport (EDC), Pflugerville, Texas. The private pilot and one passenger were not injured. The cross country flight was being conducted under the provisions of Federal Code of Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area and a flight plan was not filed. The flight originated from the Bay City Airport (BYY), Bay City, Texas, about 0915.

According to the pilot, upon approaching EDC, he lowered the landing gear but did not have a down-and-locked indication in the cockpit. He utilized the emergency gear extension handle to lower the gear. He felt no resistance on the emergency gear handle. After checking the wing mounted landing gear mirrors, it appeared that the landing gear was extended. The pilot circled and landed. Upon landing, the right main landing gear collapsed and the airplane skidded off the runway to the right, resulting insubstantial damage to the right side horizontal stabilizer and elevator. Airport personnel asked the FAA and NTSB to move the airplane from the runway for safety. A mechanic manually pulled down the right main landing gear into the locked position after the airplane was raised. The airplane was then removed from the runway and brought to a ramp for inspection.

When the FAA arrived at the accident scene, the aircraft was sitting on the ramp with all three wheels down and locked. Pumping of the emergency gear handle by FAA on the ramp revealed a hydraulic fluid leak near the pump with no resistance being felt on the handle. Review of available maintenance records did not revel any previous anomalies with the landing gear. The most recent annual inspection was completed on December 5, 2015. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 64, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/18/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/01/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1200 hours (Total, all aircraft), 250 hours (Total, this make and model), 10 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N210LC
Model/Series: T210L M
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1976
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 21061298
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 12/05/2015, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection: 1596 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4830 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TSIO-520-R
Registered Owner: VENTANA DEVELOPMENT BRAZOS LLC
Rated Power: 300 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: EDC, 620 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1030 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1900 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 14 knots / 18 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 200°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 24°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Bay City, TX (BYY)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Pflugerville, TX (EDC)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0915 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Austin Executive Airport (EDC)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 620 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 13
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6025 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  30.397500, -97.566389 (est)

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA022
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 18, 2016 in Pflugerville, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA T210L, registration: N210LC
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 October 18, 2016, about 1015 central daylight time, a Cessna T210L airplane, N210LC, registered to Ventana Development Brazos LLC, Bay City, Texas, sustained substantial damage after the right main landing gear collapsed upon landing at the Austin Executive Airport (EDC), Pflugerville, Texas. The private pilot and one passenger were not injured. The cross country flight was being conducted under the provisions of Federal Code of Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area and a flight plan was not filed. The flight originated from the Bay City Airport (BYY), Bay City, Texas, about 0915.

According to the pilot, upon approaching EDC, he lowered the landing gear but did not have a down-and-locked indication in the cockpit and utilized the emergency gear extension handle to lower the gear. He asked the tower on UNICOM frequency to visually check that the landing gear was extended as he executed a fly-by down the runway. He said that the tower told him that the landing gear appeared to be extended. The pilot circled and landed. Upon, landing, the right main landing gear collapsed and the airplane skidded off the runway to the right. 

Initial inspection of the airplane by an FAA inspector revealed a hydraulic fluid leak when the system was pressurized when the emergency gear handle was activated and the hydraulic pump circuit breaker was found tripped.

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