Monday, February 6, 2017

Cessna T210N Turbo Centurion, N4853U: Accident occurred February 05, 2017 at Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport (KFNL), Fort Collins, Larimer County, Colorado

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Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: Denver

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NTSB Identification: GAA17CA131

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, February 05, 2017 in Loveland, CO
Aircraft: CESSNA T210, registration: N4853U
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that the airplane was low and he felt "rushed" during final approach. He further reported that during the landing roll the airplane "started to veer off the runway," so he applied power to abort the landing. During the aborted landing, the pilot reported that he "pulled back" on the yoke; the airplane aerodynamically stalled and impacted on the grass to the left of the runway and nosed over.

The fuselage, left wing, and vertical stabilizer sustained substantial damage.

The pilot did not report any preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Two people walked away uninjured Sunday after their single-engine airplane flipped over on landing at the Loveland airport, according to the airport director.

The plane, a Cessna T210N Turbo Centurion, "impacted the terrain and essentially flipped over on impact," said Jason Licon, director of the Northern Colorado Regional Airport. The accident occurred just before 3:55 p.m. Sunday, he said.

Licon said he couldn't speculate about what caused the accident. Investigating the incident is the job of the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, he said.

Licon met with two FAA inspectors Monday morning, he said, but doesn't expect the NTSB to send anyone to Loveland because of the relatively minor nature of the accident.

The Cessna came to rest on a grassy area about 20 feet off the side of the airport's main runway, in the northwest section of the property, he said.

"There was significant damage to the plane because of the way it came to rest," Licon said. The 1984 Cessna landed on its top and had a broken nose wheel and propeller and damage to the tail, he said.

The pilot and one passenger didn't suffer any injuries, Licon said.

The weather was "decent" when he responded to the incident, Licon said, although he hasn't looked at weather records to check for anomalies.

According to the automated weather station at the airport, the sky was clear with a visibility of at least 10 miles, a 12 mph east wind and a temperature of 57 degrees at 3:56 p.m.

The airplane's owner was the pilot at the time of the crash, he said. According to the Federal Aviation Administration's website, the plane is registered to Alan Frohbieter of Superior. Frohbieter didn't return a message left at his work Monday.

According to the FlightAware website, which records instrument flight rules flight plans, the plane left the Santa Fe Municipal Airport in New Mexico at 1:54 p.m. Sunday and landed in Loveland 1 hour and 59 minutes later. The website also said the plane flew from Loveland to Santa Fe on Saturday morning.

Licon said the airport was closed for two hours while crews removed the craft from the runway area.

The government investigation will determine whether to term the event an "incident" or an "accident," he added.


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