Monday, January 14, 2019

Cessna T210L Turbo Centurion II, N2391S: Accident occurred January 10, 2019 near Calhoun County Airport (KPKV), Port Lavaca, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Port Lavaca, TX
Accident Number: CEN19LA069
Date & Time: 01/10/2019, 1650 CST
Registration: N2391S
Aircraft: Cessna T210
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 10, 2019, about 1650 central standard time, a Cessna T210L airplane, N2391S, experienced a loss of engine power and performed a forced landing near Port Lavaca, Texas. The pilot and passenger both sustained minor injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. The aircraft was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight. The flight originated from an unknown location and was en route to Calhoun County Airport (PKV), Port Lavaca, Texas.

While on final approach to runway 14 at PKV, the pilot reported that the engine lost power. Unable to make the runway, the pilot performed a forced landing to a field. The airplane was transported to a hangar for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N2391S
Model/Series: T210 L
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: KPKV, 30 ft msl
Observation Time: 1655 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 110°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.23 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination:  Port Lavaca, TX (PKV)

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: 28.670000, -96.680833 (est)

Two people were injured following a plane crash near the Calhoun County Airport Thursday evening.

A Cessna T210L Turbo Centurion II plane crashed in a field on the south side of School Road near the airport.

Harold Woodward, 68, of Girard, along with Tracie Bruning, 57, of Robert Lee, were the two passengers in the plane, according to Ruben San Miguel of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

San Miguel said that Woodward told Texas Department of Public Safety that the plane engine died and he had to make an emergency landing. San Miguel added that due to the moisture of the ground, the front wheel dug into the dirt and caused the plane to flip forward and rest on its top.

Woodward suffered a laceration on his face and Bruning was transported to Memorial Medical Center in Port Lavaca with neck and back pain. Their injuries were not life threatening.

The crash site is currently vacated by Texas Department of Public Safety and law enforcement agencies until Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board other agencies investigate the crash tomorrow concluded San Miguel. Calhoun County EMS, Port Lavaca Fire Department and Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the call.

Original article can be found here ➤


  1. If I was flying a retractable gear plane and had to make a forced landing in a field, I would leave the gear UP and slide it in on its belly. Would have resulted in less damage.

  2. Well from the air I'm sure this soil looked pretty solid unlike say a beach where a belly landing is a no-brainer with a retractable. It's all a judgement. The 210 can handle soft fields just fine...just not hidden very soft soil or dips. Based on the ground photo, I'd probably have put down with gear down as well.

  3. That part of the world is black land gumbo (sticky, deep, mud) when it's wet. He missed the road. He didn't manage his fuel very well. Sad to see a Centurion destroyed for no reason but happy the pilot and passenger survived.

  4. True.
    I have a few hundred hours on a normally aspirated 210. Long IFR night flights across Europe with six on board, including luggage. Even in not forecast ice, which it handled very well.
    I loved the massive control horns, which could get heavy though during flare if only 2 on board.
    Once I had to train a new owner who had little experience after doing his PPL check, after 25 hours he more or less could fly it. Then I loaded it up with 4 more guys and I had the feeling to start all over again.... he barely flew it solo, then it got stored for a VERY long time... Although I recently heard it is flying again after being re-engined.

    It was the time we flew without headsets, let alone noise cancelling ones.
    A wonder I still can hear properly 45 Years later.....

    I never really wanted to own a plane, but I always said that if I, one day, should have more than enough financial possibilities, I would have bought a 182 or 210.
    FYI, owning a plane in Europe is vastly more expensive than in the US.

    It did have a strange quirk, which at that time nobody could solve. Once in a while, mostly during those long night flights in relative silence, the hydraulic pump started without any reason. Sure made us sit up wide awake!