Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Cessna P210R Pressurized Centurion, N66NF: Accident occurred July 04, 2017 at Ells Field-Willits Municipal Airport (O28), Mendocino County, California

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

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA384 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 04, 2017 in Willits, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/22/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA P210, registration: N66NF
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 of the airplane reported that, while landing and trying to maintain the runway centerline, the airplane was “blown to the east, presumably by either stronger winds or gusts.” He added that he continued to descend while attempting to correct back to the right toward the runway centerline. He further added that he was “fearing a stall” and chose to “put the plane down in the grass and dirt to the left of the runway.” Unable to stop the forward momentum with full application of the brakes, the airplane continued over the edge of the embankment and came to rest in the trees.

A witness, who was flying another airplane in the pattern, reported that the accident airplane did not touch down until the second half of the landing runway. He added that the airplane was “over the dirt” on the east side of the runway when it touched down and went off the embankment at the end of the runway. He observed the pilot exit the airplane and walk away.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
The automated weather observation system about 21 nautical miles from the accident site reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 150° at 12 knots, gusting to 20 knots. The pilot landed on runway 16.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control while landing in gusting wind conditions. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s failure to go around after the unstabilized approach.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oakland, California

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/N66NF

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA384
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 04, 2017 in Willits, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA P210, registration: N66NF
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 of the airplane reported that, while landing and trying to maintain the runway centerline, the airplane was "blown to the east, presumably by either stronger winds or gusts." He added that he continued to descend, while attempting to correct back to the right towards the runway centerline. He further added, that he was "fearing a stall," and elected to "put the plane down in the grass and dirt to the left of the runway." Unable to stop the forward momentum with full application of the brakes, the airplane continued over the edge of the embankment, and came to rest in the trees.

A witness, flying from another airplane in the pattern reported that, the accident airplane did not touch down until the second half of the landing runway. He added that, the airplane was "over the dirt" on the east side of the runway when it touched down and went off the embankment at the end of the runway. He observed the pilot exit the airplane and walk away.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The automated weather observation system about 21 nautical miles from the accident site reported, about the time of the accident, the wind was 150° at 12 knots, gusting to 20 knots. The pilot landed on runway 16.

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