Saturday, January 04, 2020

Cessna T210L Turbo Centurion, N94227: Accident occurred January 01, 2020 near Ada Regional Airport (KADH), Pontotoc County, Oklahoma

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Ada, OK
Accident Number: CEN20LA053
Date & Time: 01/01/2020, 1545 CST
Registration: N94227
Aircraft: Cessna T210
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 1, 2020, about 1545 central standard time, a Cessna T210L airplane, N94227, experienced a loss of engine power and made an off-field forced landing near Ada Regional Airport (ADH), Ada, Oklahoma. The pilot and one passenger sustained minor injuries and the airplane sustained substantial damage during the forced landing. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed. The cross-country flight originated from Centennial Airport (APA), Denver, Colorado, at 1206 mountain standard time and was en route to Shreveport Regional Airport (SHV), Shreveport, Louisiana.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control (ATC) summary and ADS-B data revealed that at 1539 the airplane was in cruise flight about 11,500 ft mean sea level (msl), when the pilot reported a fuel issue to ATC and requested to land "ASAP." About one minute later, while receiving directions to ADH, the pilot stated that he "was able to get the engine restarted" and continued to descend toward ADH. The controller mistakenly reported the ADH airport identifier as ADA several times when queried by the pilot. At 1543 the pilot stated that he was "having all kinds of issues here with instruments" and then received a no-gyro vector approach from ATC. At 1545 the pilot stated that he had the airport in sight. At 1546 radar contact was lost and the pilot stated, "I'm not sure I can make this runway, I'm trying." There were no further transmissions from the pilot.

In a postaccident statement, the pilot reported that he topped off the fuel tanks at APA and departed with 90 gallons of fuel. He had the right fuel tank selected during takeoff and the initial climb and noted a fuel burn of 16.5 gallons per hour (gph) during the climb. After climbing to 11,500 ft msl he noted a fuel burn of 14.5 gph and had switched to the left tank. After drawing fuel from the left tank for 1.75 hours, he switched to the right tank for about 1.25 hours. The engine experienced a loss of power so he selected the left fuel tank and the engine successfully restarted for a short time. The engine again experienced a loss of power and he was unable to restart so he proceeded to ADH. As he descended and approached ADH, he extended the landing gear and flaps. The airplane cleared one set of powerlines then the pilot maneuvered under a second set of powerlines and made a forced landing to a parking lot.

The responding FAA inspector stated that the airplane had landed in a field, continued through a fence and impacted a line of trees (figure 1). The airplane came to rest upright with the right wing low. There was no noticeable evidence of a fuel spill and the fuel tank caps were intact and secured. The inspector did not observe any fuel in the right fuel tank, although the wing was on a decline.

Figure 1 – Airplane Wreckage 
(Photo Courtesy of FAA)

The pilot also stated that on December 24, 2019, he had completed a multi-leg cross-country flight from Lakefront Airport (NEW), New Orleans, Louisiana, to Cox Field Airport (PRX), Paris, Texas, then to Liberal Mid-America Regional Airport (LBL), Liberal, Kansas, and finally to APA. The pilot stated that he added 52.8 gallons of fuel at LBL, which was confirmed by a fuel receipt. When he arrived at APA he added 46 gallons of fuel, which was also confirmed by a fuel receipt.

A postaccident fuel burn calculation for the round-trip cross-country flight revealed that the airplane would have only contained about 68 gallons of fuel before departure from APA.

The airplane has been retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N94227
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: Observation Time: 2155 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 17 knots / 26 knots, 200°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.68 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Denver, CO (APA)
Destination: Shreveport, LA (SHV) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 34.791944, -96.675000 (est)

A Cessna T210L crashed Wednesday afternoon at the Pontotoc County Agri-Plex.

The aircraft was occupied by two individuals, initially reported to be the pilot and his daughter. 

Both walked away from the crash, but were transported to Mercy Hospital Ada as a precaution.

The aircraft, which sat upright in a ditch just east of the outdoor rodeo arena at the Agri-Plex, was severely damaged. 

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Alan said, "I have a witness who said he was at the traffic light facing north at Lonnie Abbott and Broadway who saw them flying from west to east." Fortner said the witness saw the wings of the aircraft rocking.

Fortner said the occupants were from the Shreveport, Louisiana area. 

"He said, 'I knew it was going to crash,'" Fortner said. "He witnessed the crash, then went to the aircraft and help them out of the plane."

"It's my understanding," Forner said, "they were trying to land at Ada and get fuel."

City of Ada Public Relations liaison Lisa Bratcher added in a text message that "Two souls (were) on board. Walked out and taken to local hospital. Not from this area. NTSB on way."

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is routinely called to investigate aircraft crashes.

The Pontotoc County Agri-Plex is approximately one mile south of the end of the main runway at the Ada Regional Airport.

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