Monday, January 30, 2017

Cessna P210N Centurion, N4796P: Accident occurred January 30, 2017 near Schuylkill County Airport (KZER), Pottsville, Pennsylvania

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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Continental Motors Inc; Mobile, Alabama

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


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


http://registry.faa.gov/N4796P 


Location: Pottsville, PA
Accident Number: ERA17LA098
Date & Time: 01/30/2017, 1404 EST
Registration: N4796P
Aircraft: CESSNA P210
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (total)
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 30, 2017, at 1404 eastern standard time, a Cessna P210N, N4796P, sustained substantial damage when it made a forced landing about 1-mile north of the Schuykill County Airport (ZER), Pottsville, Pennsylvania, after a total loss of engine power. The private pilot/registered owner and the passenger sustained minor injuries. A visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight that originated at the Allentown Queen City Municipal Airport (XLL), Allentown, Pennsylvania, about 1330, destined for the Erie-Ottawa International Airport (PCW), Port Clinton, Ohio. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot stated that the day before the accident he topped the airplane off with fuel (for 90 gallons total), completed a preflight inspection, started the engine, and taxied a short distance to make sure the airplane was operating okay. Everything was normal and he parked the airplane outside overnight. The following day, he arrived at the airport but did not do a preflight inspection or sump the fuel tanks. He started the engine and departed. The pilot climbed to 12,500 ft mean sea level (msl) and leveled off. When he reduced engine rpm for cruise flight, the engine "just shut off immediately." There was no warning or any indication of an engine problem prior to it shutting down and the propeller continued to windmill. The pilot attempted to re-start the engine for 3-4 minutes to no avail. He declared an emergency and proceeded to ZER, the nearest airport, but landed off field about 1 mile north of the airport. The airplane collided with trees and came to rest upright on an embankment. The left and right wings sustained substantial damage and the engine had separated from the firewall. The tail section also sustained structural damage.

A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that left and right-wing fuel tanks were breached and the fuel selector rotated freely to each detent. The fuel sump drains were removed, and both were heavily corroded due to exposure to moisture.

The engine sustained impact damage but the cylinders, components, and accessories remained attached to the engine. The oil pan was damaged, and the engine could not be test run. The engine was manually rotated, and compression and valve train continuity were established on each cylinder. Engine timing was also confirmed. Both magnetos were placed on a test-bench and produced spark to their respective leads. The spark plugs were removed and compared to the Champion Check-A-Plug chart. Each plug exhibited normal operating signatures.

The fuel pump was removed, and the coupling was intact, but the pump was locked up and could not be rotated. The pump was disassembled and the internal components (including the housing bolts and screws) were corroded due to exposure with moisture. The fuel manifold was removed and placed on a test-bench. The flow check was normal. The manifold's fuel inlet screen was removed, and a small amount of debris was observed. The fuel metering unit sustained impact damage and the mixture control was bent and the fuel inlet AN fitting was broken. The screen was removed and absent of debris. The unit was disassembled, and the mixture cam, throttle cam, and the metering plug exhibited a large amount of corrosion consistent with exposure to moisture. The airplane had been sitting outside exposed to snow before and after it was recovered. Since the fuel system had been breached, it could not be determined when the corrosion occurred. The pilot confirmed he had no previous issues with water in the airplane's fuel system.

The oil sump was removed, and some residual oil remained. No metallic material was observed. The oil pick-up tube and screen were absent of debris. The oil pump was disassembled, and no anomalies were noted. The oil filter was opened, and the element was absent of debris. No mechanical anomalies were noted that would have precluded normal operation of the engine.

The last annual inspection for the airplane and engine were completed on June 8, 2016, at a tachometer time of 3,663 hours. The engine was installed new in 2010, and had accrued about 644.6 hours.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. His last Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third-class medical was issued on October 9, 2015. The pilot reported a total of 3,000 flight hours and 1,500 hours in the same make/model as the accident airplane.

A weather observation taken about 19 miles southwest of the accident site, at Muir Army Airfield (MUI), Fort Indiantown Gap (Annville), Pennsylvania, at 1358, reported wind from 280 degrees at 7 knots, with variable wind between 240 and 310 degrees, visibility 10 statute miles, few clouds at 7,500 feet, temperature -1-degree C, dew point -4 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 29.81 inches of mercury.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 47, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/09/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/05/2017
Flight Time:  3000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1500 hours (Total, this make and model), 150 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 40 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N4796P
Model/Series: P210 N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: P21000110
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/08/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 4001 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3686 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: TSIO-520 SER
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 310 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: MUI, 487 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1358 EST
Direction from Accident Site: 220°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 7500 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 280°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.81 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: -1°C / -4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Allentown, PA (XLL)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Erie-Ottawa, OH (PCW)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1330 EST
Type of Airspace: Unknown

Airport Information

Airport: SCHUYLKILL COUNTY /JOE ZERBEY/ (ZER)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 1729 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing

Wreckage and Impact Information


Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  40.000000, -76.000000 (est)

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA098
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, January 30, 2017 in Pottsville, PA
Aircraft: CESSNA P210, registration: N4796P
Injuries: 2 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 January 30, 2017, at 1404 eastern standard time, a Cessna P210N, N4796P, sustained substantial damage when it made a forced landing about 1 mile north of the Schuykill County Airport (ZER), Pottsville, Pennsylvania, after a total loss of engine power. The private pilot/registered owner and his passenger sustained minor injuries. A visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight that originated at the Allentown Queen City Municipal Airport (XLL), Allentown, Pennsylvania, about 1330, destined for the Erie-Ottawa International Airport (PCW), Port Clinton, Ohio. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot stated that after departure, he climbed to 12,500 feet mean sea level (msl) and leveled off. When he reduced engine rpm for cruise flight the engine "just shut off immediately." The pilot said there was no warning or any indication of an engine problem prior to it shutting down and fuel pressure was normal. The propeller continued to windmill after the power loss. The pilot attempted to re-start the engine for 3-4 minutes to no avail. He declared an emergency and proceeded to ZER, the nearest airport, but landed off field about 1 mile north of the airport. The airplane collided with trees and came to rest upright on an embankment. A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed the left and right wing fuel tanks were breached and the engine had separated from the firewall. The tail section also sustained structural damage.

A weather observation taken about 19 miles southwest of the accident site, at Muir Army Airfield (MUI), Fort Indiantown Gap (Annville), Pennsylvania, at 1358, reported wind from 280 degrees at 7 knots, with variable wind between 240 and 310 degrees, visibility 10 statute miles, few clouds at 7,500 feet, temperature -1 degree C, dew point -4 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 29.81 inches of mercury.



POTTSVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – No injuries were reported after an airplane crash Monday afternoon in Schuylkill County.

According to a Schuylkill County 911 dispatcher, a twin-engine airplane had mechanical issues and went down just after 2 p.m. in Foster Township.

The crash scene was in the 1800 block of Sunbury Road, a bit north of the Schuylkill County Airport.

Two people in the airplane refused EMS treatment.

Source:  http://abc27.com




Two people escaped serious injury when the small plane they were flying crashed along Route 901 in Foster Township, near the Schuylkill County Airport, on Monday afternoon.

The crash occurred around 2 p.m.

Story and video: http://www.mcall.com

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