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Cessna 210D Centurion, N884KM: Accident occurred January 21, 2018 at Sussex Airport (KFWN), New Jersey

Cessna 210D Centurion, N884KM


A New York doctor and former television sportscaster landed a small airplane with its landing gear retracted in Sussex County in January, leading to a fire that destroyed the plane, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. 

Marvell Scott and a passenger escaped after the Cessna 210D Centurion went up in flames January 21 at Sussex Airport in Wantage, the NTSB said in a report.

Scott, 45, had just obtained his private pilot license and had about 150 hours of flying time, according to the NTSB.

After the crash, Scott told air-safety investigators he "thought he put the gear down but realized that he probably recycled the gear up" while handling another control next to it, according to a report.

There was nothing mechanically wrong with the plane.

As they landed, the tail hit first and the nose hit the landing strip hard. They skidded to a stop and Scott and an unidentified passenger got out as the plane caught fire.

Scott told the investigator he was surprised at how quickly the plane became engulfed in flames.

"He acknowledged his wounded pride but was glad nobody got hurt," the NTSB report said.


Marvell Scott (credit: Facebook)

Public records show Scott has addresses in Sparta and New York City. He could not immediately be reached for comment at his sports medicine practice in Manhattan.

The medical doctor and former journalist left his job with WABC-TV in New York after he was charged with the second-degree rape of a 14-year-old runaway.

The victim had been coerced into prostitution by an adult male, according to reports.

Scott pleaded guilty to misdemeanor injuring the welfare of a child, received 20 days of community service and had his record cleared, reports said. Public records show Scott was reprimanded over the allegations but did not lose his medical license.

Original article can be found here ➤  http://www.nj.com

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Final 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/N884KM


Cessna 210D Centurion, N884KM


National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Final Report

Location: SUSSEX, NJ
Accident Number: GAA18CA115
Date & Time: 01/21/2018, 0230 EST
Registration: N884KM
Aircraft: CESSNA 210
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Defining Event: Landing gear not configured
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

Analysis 

The pilot of the retractable-landing-gear-equipped airplane reported that, during approach, the green landing gear extended light was illuminated. He further reported that "it [was] possible that [he] inadvertently cycled the landing gear back to a gear up position." The airplane landed gear up and was destroyed by postaccident fire.

During a telephone interview with a National Transportation Safety Board investigator, the pilot reported that the landing gear handle and the trim wheel were next to each other, and it is probable that, when operating the trim wheel, he moved the landing gear handle. He added that that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's inadvertent landing gear retraction during approach. 

Findings

Aircraft
Gear extension and retract sys - Unintentional use/operation (Cause)

Personnel issues
Incorrect action performance - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing
Landing gear not configured (Defining event)
Fire/smoke (non-impact)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 44, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/08/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 12/24/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 150 hours (Total, all aircraft), 50 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N884KM
Model/Series: 210 D
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1964
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 21058503
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-520-A32D
Registered Owner: Pinnacle Medical Solutions LLC
Rated Power: 285 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFWN, 421 ft msl
Observation Time: 0653 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 171°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: -6°C / -7°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration:  No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: MOUNT POCONO, PA (MPO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: SUSSEX, NJ (FWN)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0215 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: SUSSEX (FWN)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 421 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 03
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3499 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.200278, -74.623056 (est)

The pilot of the retractable landing gear-equipped airplane reported that, during approach the green landing gear extended light was illuminated. He further reported that "it [was] possible that [he] inadvertently cycled the landing gear back to a gear up position". The airplane landed gear up and was destroyed by a postaccident fire.

During a telephone interview with a National Transportation Safety Board investigator, the pilot reported that the landing gear handle and the trim wheel were next to each other and it is probable that when operating the trim wheel, he moved the landing gear handle. He added that that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

A friend of the pilot reported that the pilot used a LightSpeed Zulu headset with ANR (active noise reduction).

The manufacturer published a service manual for Cessna 210s from 1960-1965. In the service manual, it stated:

"Current production 210 models have incorporated a stall and gear warning unit which has two horns built into the unit, thereby eliminating the need of a speaker." 

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