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Cessna P210N Silver Eagle, N731LT: Accident occurred December 08, 2018 near Deck Airport (9D4), Lebanon County, Pennsylvania

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Myerstown, PA
Accident Number: ERA19LA061
Date & Time: 12/08/2018, 1314 EST
Registration: N731LT
Aircraft: Cessna P210
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 8, 2018, at 1314 eastern standard time, a Cessna P210, N731LT, sustained substantial damage when it collided with terrain during an approach to Deck Airport (9D4), Myerstown, Pennsylvania. The private pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was privately owned and operated as a personal flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight departed Smoketown Airport (S37), Smoketown, Pennsylvania at an undetermined time.

According to a witness on the airport, as the airplane approached it made a "very sharp left-banking turn" as it flew over. The airplane then climbed steeply and made another sharp left turn to enter the left downwind for runway 19. He watched as the airplane continued the downwind leg then made another sharp left turn to final. The airplane then turned to final and appeared to "stall" prior to impacting the ground. The airplane came to rest about a ½ mile short of runway 19.

A review of photographs provided by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to both left and right outboard wing sections. The engine was partially attached to the firewall and remained within the engine mount.

At 1356, the weather recorded at Muir Army Airfield (MUI), Annville, Pennsylvania, located 12 nautical miles west of the accident site, included few clouds at 3,100 ft, overcast clouds at 4,400 ft and winds calm. The temperature was -7°C, and the dew point was -10°C. The altimeter setting was 30.45 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N731LT
Model/Series: P210 N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Horst Aviation Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMUI, 487 ft msl
Observation Time: 1356 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -7°C / -10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3100 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 4400 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.45 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Smoketown, PA (S37)
Destination: Myerstown, PA (9D4)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:   40.352222, -76.329722 (est)

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