Thursday, November 30, 2017

Cessna T210N Centurion, N5300A, Runzel Brothers Aviation LLC: Accident occurred November 12, 2017 at Campbell Airport (C81), Grayslake, Lake County, Illinois

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; DuPage, Illinois

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Runzel Brothers Aviation LLC:

Location: Grayslake, IL
Accident Number: CEN18LA031
Date & Time: 11/12/2017, 1730 CST
Registration: N5300A
Aircraft: CESSNA T210N
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning

On November 12, 2017, about 1730 central standard time, a Cessna T210N airplane, N5300A, experienced a loss of engine power and landed short of runway 09 at Campbell Airport (C81), Grayslake, Illinois. The commercial rated pilot, who was the sole occupant, was not injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane wa
s registered to and operated by Runzel Brothers Aviation LLC under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a positioning flight. Night instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and the flight was operated on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan. The airplane departed Pierre Regional Airport (PIR), Pierre, South Dakota, about 1440 and was en route to Chicago Executive Airport (PWK), Wheeling, Illinois.

The responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector stated that the pilot noticed a slight decrease in oil pressure, then heard a "bang" and noticed smoke in the cockpit. The pilot diverted to C81 and landed in a field short of runway 09. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left horizontal stabilizer. A large hole was found in the engine crankcase near the No. 4 cylinder.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N5300A
Model/Series: T210N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:  No 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPWK, 646 ft msl
Observation Time: 1652 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 4°C / 3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots, 320°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 700 ft agl
Visibility:  5 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.36 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: PIERRE, SD (PIR)

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: 42.324167, -88.081389 (est)

GRAYSLAKE, Ill. (WLS) -- A Cessna 210 with engine trouble made an emergency landing Sunday night near Campbell Airport in Grayslake, the FAA said.

The aircraft had departed from Pierre, South Dakota, and was headed toward Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling.

The plane landed at about 6 p.m. about 100 to 150 feet short of the runway, skidding into a farm field and across a bridge before stopping on the far west end of the runway, according to the Grayslake Fire Protection District which responded to the scene.

The pilot, of Cary, Ill., did not report injuries, the fire protection district said. Fire crews mitigated a small fuel spill on the ground and turned the scene over to the Lake County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Aviation Administration.

The aircraft was a 1979 single-engine Cessna.

Weather may have played a role in the crash.

The aircraft was registered to Runzel Brothers Aviation LLC in Bensenville, according to the FAA.

Campbell Airport is located at 22731 W. Town Line Rd.

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