Friday, March 16, 2018

Cessna 210M Centurion, N761DV, registered to and operated by GV Air: Accident occurred March 16, 2018 in Shelburne, Chittenden County, Vermont

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Shelburne, VT
Accident Number: ERA18LA111
Date & Time: 03/16/2018, 1445 EDT
Registration: N761DV
Aircraft: CESSNA 210M
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation

On March 16, 2018, about 1440 eastern daylight time, N761DV, a Cessna 210M, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing after a total loss of engine power near Shelburne, Vermont. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by GV Air, Medford, Oregon, as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 aerial observation flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated at the Burlington International Airport (BTV), Burlington, Vermont, about 1140.

The pilot stated that he conducted a preflight inspection of the airplane but did not visually check either fuel tank because he had observed the airplane being fueled the day before and he assumed the tanks were full (44.5 gallons usable per tank, 89 gallons total). The pilot stated that the airplane burned about 13.5 gallons per hour and had a total fuel endurance of 6.5-hours, which was sufficient for his planned aerial survey flight of five hours. The pilot said his normal routine was to switch the fuel tanks every hour for the first four hours of flight, which he said he did on the accident flight. At 1435, almost three hours into the flight, the engine began to run rough and stopped producing power. The pilot tried to re-start the engine, but to no avail, and he then made a forced landing.

A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that it landed with the gear extended on a snow-covered field. The airplane came to rest upright and the nose wheel had separated, which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage, an engine mount, and the firewall. The outboard section of the right wing was also damaged. The left and right-wing fuel tanks were undamaged and both fuel caps were secure. The left-wing fuel tank was empty, and the right fuel tank was about 2/3-full. Further examination of the fuel system revealed no evidence of leaks and there was no staining on the airplane or area surrounding the airplane.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane. He reported a total of 521 hours of flight experience, of which, 65 hours were in the same make/model as the accident airplane. His last Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) second-class medical was issued on November 18, 2017.

Weather reported at BTV at 1454 was wind from 290 degrees at 11 knots, visibility 10 miles, scattered clouds at 3,600 ft, overcast clouds at 7,000 ft, temperature -3° C, dewpoint -12° C, and a barometric pressure setting of 29.69 inches Hg. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N761DV
Model/Series: 210M M
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation:  BTV, 337 ft msl
Observation Time: 1454 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -3°C / -12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3600 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots, 290°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 7000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.69 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Burlington, VT (BTV)
Destination: Burlington, VT (BTV) 

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:  44.380556, -73.227500 (est)

SHELBURNE, Vt. — A small plane crashed Friday in Shelburne.

Police said it happened about 2:40 p.m. on Dorset Street.

Investigators said the plane crashed in a homeowner's yard.

The pilot was the only person on the Cessna and was not injured.

Police said he was doing routine land survey work in the area when the plane's engine stopped at about 2,600 feet.

The plane's nose and wing were damaged but it did not strike the house.

The owners were not home when the plane crashed.

Police said the Florida-based company that owns the plane will have to work with the homeowners to get it removed and fix any damage to their yard.

According to FAA records, the 41-year-old is registered to GV Air in Medford, Oregon.

It's certificate was renewed in May 2017.

Multiple crews responded to the scene.

Original article can be found here ➤

SHELBURNE, Vt. - Shelburne Police say a small single engine Cessna plane went down in a residential area Friday afternoon.

Police say they got the 911 call around 2:40 Friday afternoon that a plane had gone down in the 5200 area of Dorset Street.

Shelburne Police say the pilot, Ryan Carraway, 24, was the sole occupant, and uninjured.

According to police, Carraway works for GV AIR INC out of Florida, and was performing surveying.

Carraway was flying the Cessna 210 when he says he experienced engine failure.

Police say he was able to land in a field to avoid injuring himself or others, but the plane experienced extensive damage.

Original article ➤

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