Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cessna T210M Turbo Centurion, N5EC, N5EC LLC: Accident occurred October 07, 2017 at Oakland County International Airport (KPTK), Pontiac, Michigan

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Belleville, Michigan

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

N5EC LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N5EC

Location: Waterford, MI
Accident Number: GAA18CA007
Date & Time: 10/06/2017, 2355 EDT
Registration: N5EC
Aircraft: CESSNA T210
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot of the airplane reported that, while on an instrument flight rules approach to land in instrument meteorological conditions at night, he was "a little late descending" on the glide slope. He added that, during the approach, he increased the descent rate and also became "a little right of course". He noticed approach lights, but became "fixated" on the instruments while attempting to correct for being off course. Subsequently, the airplane struck the tops of trees and he immediately pulled up. He landed without further incident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing, empennage and fuselage.

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 at the accident airport reported, about the time of the accident, that the wind was from 140° at 5 knots, visibility ¾ statute mile, light rain, clouds overcast at 200 ft. The pilot landed on runway 9, flying the RNAV (GPS) runway 9 approach.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 74, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/09/2017
Occupational Pilot:  No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/28/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) , 3611 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)
Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N5EC
Model/Series: T210 M
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 62373
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/10/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4386.7 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TSIO-520-R11B
Registered Owner: N5EC LLC
Rated Power: 310 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Night/Dark
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPTK, 976 ft msl
Observation Time: 0253 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 86°
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 16°C
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 200 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 140°
Visibility (RVR): 
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV): 
Precipitation and Obscuration: Moderate - Mist
Departure Point: WINCHESTER, IN (I22)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Waterford, MI (PTK)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 2230 EDT
Type of Airspace:  Class D

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 980 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 09R
IFR Approach: Global Positioning System; RNAV
Runway Length/Width: 6521 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  42.664722, -83.423056 (est)

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