Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Cessna T210M Turbo Centurion II, registered to T and C Aircraft Corporation and operated by the pilot, N732MV: Fatal accident occurred September 30, 2018 in Silver City, Owyhee County, Idaho

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Continental Motors Group; Mobile, Alabama 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Silver City, ID
Accident Number: WPR18FA276
Date & Time: 09/30/2018, 0837 MDT
Registration: N732MV
Aircraft: Cessna T210
Injuries: 3 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 30, 2018, about 0837 mountain daylight time, a Cessna T210M airplane, N732MV, collided with terrain approximately 4.5 miles northwest of Silver City, Idaho. The private pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. A postimpact fire ensued, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to T and C Aircraft Corporation 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 accident site about the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Sunrise Skypark Airport (ID40), Marsing, Idaho, about 0810 and was destined for Murphy Airport (1U3), Murphy, Idaho.

According to family members of the pilot, the two passengers won the flight as part of a raffle drawing.

A witness located approximately 6.5 miles north of the accident reported seeing a white airplane about 0830, approximately 500 ft above the ground on a south heading.

Two witness located approximately 1 mile west of the accident site, observed the accident airplane fly up a draw that runs south to north and then cross over a ridge line in a generally west to east direction. They lost sight of the airplane and soon after, observed a plume of smoke in the general vicinity. The State of Idaho Communications Center was notified at 0859 by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) of an active emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal. The signal was detected about 0837 in the vicinity of Silver City.

A friend of the accident pilot reported that he was notified by the Idaho Division of Aeronautics of the ELT signal and flew out to the search area. The pilot stated that while about 1 mile east of the accident site, at an altitude of about 6,500 ft mean sea level (msl), his onboard Garmin G3X avionics system indicated wind was from the southwest at 38 knots.

Preliminary radar data provided by the FAA indicated a target traveling south about 4,875 ft msl, 6 miles north of the accident site. For 3 minutes, the target followed a track along the general path of Democrat Road and continued south up a draw. The groundspeeds and altitudes ranged between 120 and 49 knots, and 4,875 and 6,650 ft respectively. The last target was recorded about 2,000 ft west of the accident site, about 130 ft above the ground, about 49 knots.

The wreckage was located in a valley that gradually inclined in an east to west direction. The wreckage debris path was about 379 ft in length, oriented on a heading of about 345° magnetic. The fuselage, both wings, and the empennage were mostly consumed by fire. All major structural components of the airplane were identified within the debris field. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination. (See Photo 1)

Photo 1: View of initial impact point and wreckage debris path. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N732MV
Model/Series: T210 M
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: T And C Aircraft Corporation
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMAN, 2537 ft msl
Observation Time: 1435 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 32 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 90°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.85 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Marsing, ID (ID40)
Destination: Murphy, ID (1U3)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 3 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 43.075278, -116.771111 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.

A plane crash Sunday morning in Owyhee County left three people and one dog dead. A company run by Tom Boyer, owner of Treasure Valley Coffee, is the registered owner of the plane, according to U.S. Federal Aviation Administration registry and Idaho business records.

The victims of the crash have not been identified.

T & C Aircraft Corporation — the registered owner of the Cessna T210M Turbo Centurion II aircraft that crashed "under unknown circumstances into mountainous terrain" — has Boyer listed as the sole agent and director on the company's 2017 annual report form to the Secretary of State. The 2018 annual report form from Treasure Valley Coffee lists Thomas Boyer as the owner as well as Suzanne Boyer as the secretary. 

The crash occurred about 9:10 a.m. Sunday in the Owyhee Mountains between Reynolds Creek and Silver City, according to the Owyhee County Sheriff’s Office.

The victims of the crash were not identified in the news release. The fatalities are listed in the Federal Aviation Administration's crash data as one member of the flight crew and two passengers.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, according to the sheriff's office, which will be aided in the investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.idahopress.com 

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