Friday, September 07, 2018

Cessna P210N Centurion, N210PF: Accident occurred September 01, 2018 near Crete Municipal Airport (KCEK), Saline County, Nebraska

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Crete, NE
Accident Number: CEN18LA363
Date & Time: 09/01/2018, 0900 CDT
Registration: N210PF
Aircraft: Cessna P210N
Injuries: 2 Serious, 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On September 1, 2018, about 0900 central daylight time, a Cessna P210N, N210PF, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing to a cornfield following a partial loss of engine power after takeoff from the Crete Municipal Airport (CEK), Crete, Nebraska. The pilot and right seat passenger received serious injuries, and the two rear seat passengers received minor injuries. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The flight was departing CEK and was en route to the Cozad Municipal Airport (CZD), Cozad, Nebraska.

The pilot reported that he and the co-owner had flown the airplane the night before the accident occurred. He stated that the airplane flew normally and that there were no indications of any problems. On the morning of the accident, he started the engine but then it stopped. He used the low-pressure boost pump to start the engine a second time. He did an engine run-up before takeoff, and he stated that the engine was operating normally. He departed runway 17 and the airplane took most of the 4,201 ft runway before it became airborne. He said that when the airplane reached about 500 ft above ground level (agl), the engine did not seem to be producing full power. He turned on the low-pressure boost pump and the airplane climbed to 1,000 ft agl. The pilot turned back toward the airport but the engine continued to lose power, so he conducted a forced landing to a cornfield.

A witness reported that the airplane took most of runway 17 before it lifted off. He stated that he observed "dark exhaust" trailing the airplane during the takeoff. The airplane veered to the right and he lost sight of it behind a tree line.

At 0854, the surface weather observation at CEK was: wind 170° at 3 knots; visibility 10 miles; sky clear; temperature 24° C; dew point 19° C; and altimeter 29.89 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N210PF
Model/Series: P210N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Arlyn Copley
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: CEK, 1499 ft msl
Observation Time: 0854 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 170°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Crete, NE (CEK)
Destination: Cozad, NE (CZD)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious, 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  40.618333, -96.925833

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