Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Cessna 210E Centurion, N2362F: Accident occurred July 30, 2019 at Lovell Field Airport (KCHA), Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Chattanooga, TN
Accident Number: ERA19LA239
Date & Time: 07/30/2019, 1600 EDT
Registration: N2362F
Aircraft: Cessna 210
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 30, 2019, at 1600 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 210E, N2362F, sustained substantial damage while landing at Lovell Field Airport (CHA), Chattanooga, Tennessee. The private pilot and two passengers were not injured. The airplane was privately owned and operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from Destin Executive Airport (DTS), Destin, Florida, about 1120 central daylight time, and was destined for Mark Anton Airport (2A0), Dayton, Tennessee.

According to the pilot, upon retracting the landing gear after takeoff from DTS, the amber gear-in-transit light would not extinguish. The pilot cycled the landing gear with the same result. He placed the landing gear handle in the neutral position and continued the flight. Upon arrival at 2A0, the pilot was unable to extend the landing gear while on approach to the airport. He declared an emergency and attempted to pump the landing gear down via the emergency gear-extension handle. The pilot was unable to pump the gear down and observed hydraulic fluid on the floorboards near the passenger seat. The pilot diverted to CHA and landed on runway 20 with the nose gear down and locked and the two main landing gear partially extended. As the airplane decelerated it veered to the right, impacted a taxiway sign, and slid to a stop in the grass.

Examination of the accident scene by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the airplane came to rest upright on the right side of the runway resting on the right wingtip, fuselage, and nose wheel. Both main landing gear were collapsed. The right rear empennage was torn, and the right and left horizontal stabilizers were substantially damaged. The wreckage was retained for further examination.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. His last FAA first-class medical was issued on June 7, 2017. The pilot reported 123 total hours of flight experience at the time of the accident. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N2362F
Model/Series: 210 E
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: CHA, 682 ft msl
Observation Time: 1553 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 150°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 10000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Destin, FL (DTS)
Destination: Dayton, TN (2A0)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire:None 
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 35.031667, -85.204722 (est)

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — A small plane made an emergency landing in Chattanooga Tuesday afternoon, shortly after strong winds peeled off part of the airport's roof.

Chattanooga Airport officials tell us the plane's landing gear is damaged, and the plane taxied off the runway into a grassy area. 

Officials say three people were on the plane, including a young child. They are all okay.

The emergency temporarily affected air traffic to and from the airport. 

At 5:45 p.m., Chattanooga Airport spokesperson Albert Waterhouse confirmed the plane had been removed from the field, and air traffic resumed.

In a statement released later in the day, Chattanooga Airport officials said, “Upon approach to the Chattanooga Airport, a small aircraft had a landing gear issue this afternoon. During landing, the plane ultimately came to a stop in a grassy area alongside the runway. Everyone onboard is safe and was not injured. Due to this incident, the airport has experienced some delays. As always, we remind passengers to check with your airline before traveling.”

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