Monday, September 18, 2017

Cessna T210N, N5391A: Accident occurred September 15, 2017 at Watsonville Municipal Airport (KWVI), Santa Cruz County, California

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Jose, California


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

http://registry.faa.gov/N5391A

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA204
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 15, 2017 in Watsonville, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA T210N, registration: N5391A
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 September 15, 2017, about 1300 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna T210N, N5391A, was substantially damaged during landing on runway 20 at the Watsonville Municipal Airport (WVI), Watsonville, California. The private pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane's nose landing gear separated and the aft fuselage was punctured and torn. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed. The flight originated from Livermore Municipal Airport (LVK), Livermore, California at an unknown time.

A postaccident examination of the accident site revealed impact marks on the approach end of runway 20. Wreckage debris was found near the impact marks and the nose landing gear was found further down the runway. The airplane came to rest on the left side of the runway.

During a telephone interview with the pilot, he stated there were no mechanical anomalies with the airplane and that the approach and landing was normal. He further stated he didn't know how the nose landing gear separation happened.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records indicated that the pilot held a private pilot certificate with an airplane single-engine land rating. The pilot stated that he had about 150 hours total flight experience, including about 30 hours in the accident airplane make and model.

The 1253 automated weather observation from WVI, variable winds at 6 knots, visibility 10 miles, clear skies, temperature 21 degrees C, dew point 12 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 29.97 inches of mercury.

The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

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