Friday, March 06, 2020

Cessna T210L Turbo Centurion, N123CE: Accident occurred March 05, 2020 near Needles Airport (KEED), San Bernardino County, California

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 Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California

Location: Needles, CA 
Accident Number: WPR20LA101
Date & Time: 03/04/2020, 2130 PST
Registration: N123CE
Aircraft: CESSNA 210
Injuries:1 Minor 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 4, 2020, about 2130 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 210L airplane, N123CE, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a total loss of engine power near Needles, California. The private pilot received minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a personal flight, conducted under the provision of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan was not filed for the cross-country flight, which departed Mesquite Airport (67L), Mesquite, Nevada, about 1730 and was destined for Henderson Executive Airport (HND), Henderson, Nevada

According to the pilot, he flew the accident airplane from Henderson, Nevada, to St. George, Utah, where a passenger deplaned. He departed St. George, Utah, promptly in the late afternoon because he wanted to return to his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, before night. He had not flown in nighttime conditions in nearly one year. After takeoff, the pilot observed that his fuel level was insufficient for the trip, landed at 67L, and then departed with a full fuel load, bound for Henderson, Nevada. Shortly after his departure into night conditions he decided to fly south to avoid breaching Las Vegas Class B airspace.

Once the airplane reached a town near the Mexican border, the pilot turned to the north and noticed the displayed distance on the GPS begin to decrease. As the airplane neared Needles, California, the pilot experienced a total loss of engine power. The fuel selector was on the left fuel tank, which indicated 16 gallons of fuel remaining on the fuel gauge. He rotated the selector to the right tank, which indicated 25 gallons, activated the high fuel boost pump setting and within about 15 seconds the engine restarted. The engine lost all power about 15 minutes later. During the pilot's subsequent forced landing attempt, the nose landing gear dug into dirt and the airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted.

Photographs provided by the Bureau of Land Management showed substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N123CE
Model/Series: 210
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: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: , 983 ft msl
Observation Time: 2156 PST
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Mesquite, NV (67L)
Destination: Las Vegas, NV (HND)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 34.643889, -114.946944 (est)

An 86-year-old Las Vegas man received minor injuries when his plane landed upside down in the San Bernardino County west of Needles. 

According to the Colorado River Station of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, Jewel Dixon Jr. ran out of fuel while flying a Cessna T210L Turbo Centurion. 

Dixon was forced to make an emergency landing 20 miles south of Interstate 40 in the Stepladder Mountains area east of Essex. 

Dixon's plane flipped over and came to rest upside down. 

Deputies from the sheriff's aviation division responded to the call just before 9 p.m. Wednesday and found Dixon, who suffered minor injuries. 

Dixon was flown to deputies who were waiting for him at the intersection of Water Road and I-40, where he was evaluated by paramedics and taken to the Colorado River Medical Center in Needles for further treatment.  

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