Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Cessna P210N Centurion, N210BG: Accident occurred May 09, 2018 at Nevada County Airport (KGOO), Grass Valley, California

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Grass Valley, CA
Accident Number: GAA18CA271
Date & Time: 05/09/2018, 1115 PDT
Registration: N210BG
Aircraft: CESSNA P210
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, while enroute, he noticed a loose camlock screw on the engine cowling and decided to land the airplane at the nearest airport. He added that, during the landing, he applied the brakes, but they had "minimal effect". As the airplane slowed "very slightly", he determined he could make the taxiway turn. But, he added that, "the left steering did not effect direction", the airplane exited the runway, and went over the runway embankment.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The pilot reported that the brakes failed to slow the airplane to a complete stop, and the nose wheel failed to turn.

A local mechanic inspected the brakes following the accident and found no anomalies.

The airport manager reported that, marks on the runway showed the airplane touched down approximately 1000 to 1500 ft beyond the approach end of the runway. Additionally, there was approximately a 150 ft. long skid mark showing a skidding left turn before the airplane exited the runway.

Pictures submitted by the Federal Aviation Administration inspector showed the skid marks turning left while exiting the end of the runway.

The airport supplement states, runway 25 slopes downhill to west. 

Pilot Information

Age: 68, 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: 05/10/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/17/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1460 hours (Total, all aircraft), 460 hours (Total, this make and model), 1460 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 6.4 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 0.8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0.8 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N210BG
Model/Series: P210 N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: P21000025
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/03/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 4000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3482 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TSIO-520-P
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 310 hp
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: KGOO, 3153 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1815 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 62°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 180°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Beckwourth, CA (O02)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Grass Valley, CA (GOO)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1037 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 3157 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 25
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4657 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  39.223056, -121.005278 (est)

May 9, 2018 – Fire units responded for a reported “aircraft accident” at the Nevada County Airport. At scene, crews found a single prop aircraft that had skidded of the runway and came to a stop in brush at the west end of the runway.

The two occupants were out of the aircraft and denied any injury.

Due to leaking fuel, several absorbent pads were placed and environmental health notified.

Crews remained at scene approximately 2 1/2 hours for a crane to arrive and remove the aircraft.

Battalion 1, E-5482 and E-86 were assisted by CAL FIRE, Sierra Nevada Ambulance and Nevada County Environmental Health Department. All units were released at 3:00 pm.

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