Monday, January 30, 2017

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

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: HARRISBURG FSDO EA-13

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.


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.

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