Sunday, January 6, 2019

Cessna T210M Turbo Centurion II, registered to Fly Happy LLC and operated by the pilot, N1237M: Accident occurred January 06, 2019 at Bishop International Airport (KFNT), Flint, Genesee County, Michigan

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Flint, MI
Accident Number: CEN19LA059
Date & Time: 01/06/2019, 1640 EST
Registration: N1237M
Aircraft: Cessna T210
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 6, 2019, about 1640 eastern standard time, a Cessna T210 airplane, N1237M, experienced an unsafe landing gear indication and landed with the gear partially extended at Bishop International Airport (FNT), Flint, Michigan. The private pilot and 3 passengers were not injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to Fly Happy LLC and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and a flight plan was not filed. The flight originated from Clare Municipal Airport (48D), Clare, Michigan, about 1600 and was destined for FNT.

The pilot reported that after departure from 48D, he raised the landing gear handle and the gear motor continued to operate longer than normal with an abnormal sound toward the end of the sequence. The right main gear was not fully retracted and was hanging about 45° rearward and the left main gear was not visible. The pilot troubleshot the issue by completing the emergency procedure checklists, but the landing gear did not respond. The pilot continued the flight to FNT and declared an emergency to air traffic control (ATC). Before landing the pilot attempted to extend the landing gear but was only able to get the nose gear to extend. ATC confirmed during a fly-by that the main gear was not extended.

During the landing at FNT, the nose gear remained extended and the two main gear were retracted. The airplane came to rest on the runway (figure 1) and the passengers egressed without further incident.

The airplane has been retained for further examination.

Figure 1 – Accident Airplane on Runway 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N1237M
Model/Series: T210 M
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: KFNT, 766 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 1°C / -6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 40°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.32 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Clare, MI (48D)
Destination: Flint, MI (FNT) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude: 42.969167, -83.755278 (est)

FLINT, MICHIGAN – Four people aboard a private plane escaped injury Sunday afternoon during an emergency landing at Bishop International Airport in Flint.

Airport police and fire personnel were notified around 4 p.m. Sunday, January 6th of a Cessna T210M Turbo Centurion II with a potential landing gear issue in the area of the airport off West Bristol Road.

Pat Corfman, Bishop International Airport spokeswoman, said the landing gear may have collapsed on the plane carrying four people, including the pilot, and approximately 75 gallons of fuel.

The plane could be seen partially on its side at the west end of a runway. All four people exited the plane without injury and were escorted to the Avflint Flint, Corfman said.

No information was immediately available on where the plane was coming from or its scheduled destination.

One runway was closed to allow for the incident to be cleared, but Corfman said it has not caused delays or cancellations at the airport.

Flint police, Flint Township police, and Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies responded to assist Bishop Airport first responders at the scene.

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