Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Cessna 210 Centurion, N9622T: Fatal accident occurred October 26, 2020 and Incident occurred February 19, 2020

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama 

Location: Lubbock, TX 
Accident Number: CEN21LA030
Date & Time: October 26, 2020, 15:58 Local
Registration: N9622T
Aircraft: Cessna 210
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under:

On October 26, 2020, at 1558 central daylight time, a Cessna 210 airplane, N9622T, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Lubbock, Texas. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The airplane was operated on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan from Belen Regional Airport (BRG), Belen, New Mexico, to Corsicana Municipal Airport (CRS), Corsicana, Texas, but had diverted to Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB), Lubbock, Texas.

A review of the air traffic control recordings and ADS-B data revealed the airplane was in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) during the descent toward LBB and the pilot reported that he had been in IMC “for quite a while.” The pilot was instructed to setup for the RNAV (GPS) Y instrument approach to runway 35L. During the approach the pilot was unsure of the instrument approach to expect and was not in position to intercept the final approach course, so the controller vectored him to the east to setup for the same approach with adifferent initial approach fix (IAF).

When queried by the controller, the pilot reported that he was experiencing structural icing and was in “freezing rain.” After the airplane crossed the intermediate fix, ZOVOC, and turned inbound, the groundspeed (gs) gradually decreased from about 80 kts to about 50 kts. After crossing the final approach fix, UFACI, about 4,700 ft mean sea level (msl) and 48 kts gs, the airplane made a left turn toward south-southeast and descended. The pilot reported to the controller that the airplane experienced an autopilot issue, so the controller provided new vectors to the pilot. The flight track showed that the airplane continued to descend, then made a sharp left turn before the data ended. The controller reported that radar contact was lost and there were no further communications from the pilot. Figure 1 shows the ADS-B flight track overlaid onto Google Earth with the approach fixes and the accident site labeled. 

The responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors reported that the airplane impacted a residential area about 200 yards from the final recorded ADS-B point and about 6 miles south of LBB. A post impact fire consumed most of the fuselage and the inboard sections of each wing. The inspectors found numerous chunks of ice in the wreckage near the wings, and pieces still attached to some of the airplane’s leading edge surfaces. The ice chunks were concave shaped and featured a smooth surface on the inside of the curve. The ice ranged from 1 to 2 inches thick. Figure 2 shows a close up view of the ice found on scene.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N9622T
Model/Series: 210 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: IMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLBB,3241 ft msl
Observation Time: 20:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: -4°C /-6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 19 knots / 24 knots, 40°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 700 ft AGL Visibility: 5 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.18 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Belen, NM (BRG) 
Destination: Corsicana, TX (CRS)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: On-ground
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.560624,-101.83489

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.   

 Dr. Donald Glenn Eakin 

HALLSVILLE — It is with great sadness that the family of Doctor Donald Glenn Eakin announces his passing into the heart of the Divine, on Monday, October 26, 2020, at the age of 69 years. 

Dr. Don will be lovingly remembered by his children, Sarah and Anisa and his girlfriend Hollis.

Dr. Don was born in San Antonio, Texas on May 6, 1951. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School in 1977.

Dr. Don moved to Marshall Texas in 1980. When he wasn’t working at the Emergency room, he enjoyed blacksmithing and spending time in his gardens, He was very musical and loved to entertain others with his vast collection of unusual instruments. He was a true Renaissance man.

Funeral services are to be held at Down’s Funeral Home in Marshall, Texas at 2 pm on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7, Tuesday, November 3, 2020, also at Down’s Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, Donations may be made to the Carthage Masonic Lodge.

LUBBOCK, Texas — Lubbock Fire Rescue on Wednesday morning released the name of the pilot who lost his life Monday in a plane crash near 37th Street and Avenue A.

He was identified as Donald Eakin, 69, of Hallsville, Texas.

The single-engine Cessna Centurion came to Lubbock from Belen, New Mexico. It crashed at about 4:00 p.m. while heading toward Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport.

LFR on Monday said the plane caught fire after it crashed in an alley. The only damage on the ground was a fence in someone’s backyard. The pilot, who was the only occupant, died at the scene.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

The ownership of the plane was registered to a man in Colorado, not Eakin. According to both FlightAware and audio from air traffic control, the pilot did not land on his first approach but instead circled around for a second attempt. The audio indicated the pilot was having trouble. There was reduced visibility and conditions consistent with icing.

Records from the FAA showed the pilot had a license since 2010. He passed his medical exam earlier this year. And he was instrument rated, according to the FAA website.

Based on the tail number, it was possible to look up images of the aircraft online from before the crash. Those images did not show the plane to be equipped with deicing boots on the wings.

UPDATE: Lubbock Fire Rescue provided a corrected age for the pilot. This story was updated to reflect the new information.


Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

February 19, 2020: Aircraft landed gear up at Logan-Cache Airport (KLGU), Utah.


Date: 19-FEB-20
Time: 01:30:00Z
Regis#: N9622T
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 210
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
State: UTAH

LOGAN — It could have been a disaster, but two people walked away without a scratch after an emergency plane landing at the Logan-Cache Airport.

The front landing gear on the plane wouldn’t deploy, creating a very tense situation on Wednesday.

“I was nervous throughout it because you know what has happened to other people and what could happen,” said pilot Colton Wilson.

Wilson and his pilot buddy, Shawn Taylor, said they were taking a Cessna 210 Centurion out for a flight.

“We were just going up for fun and as you can tell, we had a little more fun than we anticipated,” Taylor said.

But almost as soon as they were in the air, they knew from a glance in the mirror that Wednesday wouldn’t be a regular day.

“Right after we took off is when we started having some problems with the gear,” Wilson said.

“We could tell because we couldn’t see the nose gear in the down position,” Taylor added. “It was not there.”

Luckily, the pilots had plenty of time to try and figure out if they could fix the landing gear while burning off fuel.

“We wanted to get rid of as much of that fuel as we possibly could before we landed,” Wilson said.

Once they determined an emergency landing was their only option, they were ready for it.

“The scariest part about it is realizing the plane is going to get hurt and there’s a possibility that you could get hurt,” Wilson said.

Cell phone video from a bystander captured the emergency landing.

“Landing was … it was exciting, to say the least,” Taylor said.

You could hardly tell anything was wrong until the propeller audibly hits the ground and the belly of the plane began sliding along the runway.

“The moment we stopped moving, it was seatbelts off, shut the fuel off and you’re out of the plane,” Wilson said.

For Wilson and Taylor, it might not have turned out to be a regular day, but it was all in a day’s work.

“He kept his cool the whole time and did a great job,” Taylor said.

Unfortunately, Wilson said the plane will likely be declared a total loss.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.ksl.com

LOGAN, Utah — A light airplane made a safe emergency landing at the Logan-Cache Airport at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday after its landing gear failed to fully open.

According to police scanner traffic, the pilot and another man emerged from the aircraft uninjured after executing the landing with emergency personnel standing by.

A witness at the scene said the plane’s front landing gear had failed to open, so the landing was performed on the two rear wheels.

“The pilot came in very, very slowly and used the back wheels to touch down,” the witness said. “Then he balanced on those wheels for a short period before the nose of the plane tipped forward and hit the runway, causing it to skid to a stop.”

Original article ➤ https://www.idahostatejournal.com


  1. Flying an approach in icing conditions with an airplane that wasn't equipped or certified for FIKI. Sounding like he was in way over his head during the ATC audio feed. Flying a four hour leg, which likely put him over LBB without enough fuel to divert to an ice free alternate. This is just madness. Thankfully he was alone.

    1. This wasn't a Four hour flight. He left Belen, NM with a planned destination of Corsicana, TX. He diverted to Lubbock, TX after only 295 mi. Well short of the planned distance of 661 Mi. He diverted to Lubbock, TX after only 295 mi. Fuel was not an issue. I don't disagree that icing was probably a factor but I don't think he was out of fuel

    2. Okay, I'll concede that fuel wasn't an issue, especially given the intensity of the fire in the pics taken immediately after the accident that were not available when this report was initially published. But if fuel wasn't an issue, why didn't he divert? A series of bad decisions placed him in a situation that he and his airplane were not capable of handling. The results are tragic.

  2. Local physician .. trying to get home for his shift to help others
    R.I.P. bro :(

  3. Wow that is some serious ice. Makes you wonder why he didn't act quicker. Maybe he didn't notice? He did acknowledge freezing ran so he should have known he was accumulating ice.

    1. The freezing rain was reported below 2,000 feet. Since he had been in IMC conditions for quite awhile before this, he was probably tired and wanted to land at Lubbock to get some rest and let the weather clear up before he continued his flight. When the controller reported the pilot's speed had dropped to 50 knots, you know he was in big trouble. Then he augured into the ground. Anyone who has ever lived in West Texas or the Texas Panhandle knows just how fast weather conditions can deteriorate. It sounds like he was a good pilot. Unfortunately, he just got caught up in something that he and his plane couldn't overcome. If you are in aviation long enough, you'll know some people who have died in unfortunate accidents like this.

  4. analysis @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vzfj1raGUsM&feature=emb_logo

  5. Ice buildup in freezing drizzle can increase dramatically in minutes. From a thin clear layer to large jagged shapes spoiling the airfoil. Your stall speed increases dramatically, even the slightest banked turn can lead you into a stall spin. He was in a busy airspace, high work load, less than the best help from controllers.
    When icing is forecast, and or freezing rain or drizzle .. stay out. Even if your plane has boots, it can overwhelm them.