Friday, May 08, 2020

Cessna T210L Turbo Centurion, N2074S: Fatal accident occurred May 07, 2020 near Spinks Airport (KFWS), Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf



https://registry.faa.gov/N2074S 

Location: Fort Worth, TX
Accident Number: CEN20LA172
Date & Time: 05/07/2020, 1513 CDT
Registration: N2074S
Aircraft: Cessna T210
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On May 7, 2020, at 1513 central daylight time, a Cessna T210L airplane, N2074S, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Fort Worth, Texas. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

The airplane was Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped. According to OpsView and FlightAware, the airplane took off from Spinks Airport's (FWS) runway 17R (6,002 ft x 100 ft, asphalt) at 1504:0, which has a right traffic pattern. According to OpsView and FlightAware, the pilot made a right turn to crosswind and then to downwind, climbed to a pattern altitude of about 1,050 ft above ground level (agl). The pilot then made a full-stop landing at 1508 and taxied back. He took off a second time at 1512. Shortly thereafter, he radioed Spinks tower that he was "going down."

A video obtained from a nearby business establishment captured the airplane as it descended. The airplane was seen to be in a nose-down attitude that did not vary before impact. The airplane struck tree-covered terrain and impacted the ground near Stone Road and Abner Lee Drive, about 1/2-mile south of runway 17R. Shortly thereafter, black smoke could be seen in the video.

A witness who observed the airplane said he heard a "loud strong engine sound" before power was reduced "suddenly and drastically to a low idle." He saw the airplane "level for a few seconds," then saw it descend slowly toward the ground. The wings banked slightly one way, then the other. "The airplane continued flying straight while descending and the wings began to rock slightly. About 10 to 20 ft above the tree line, it appeared the plane's rate of descent accelerated into the trees."

The Spinks control tower air traffic manager (ATM) described the traffic volume as light "with light complexity." All tower positions were combined with Local Control (LC), which is normal for the time of day and traffic volume. No applicable PIREPs were in effect. The ATM reported that the accident airplane was based at the airport, and that it was common practice for the pilot to make full-stop landings and taxi back to the active runway for additional takeoffs. He further stated that no anomalies were seen during the flight preceding the accident. The tower controller observed the accident airplane in a descending right turn and asked the pilot if he was going to attempt to land on a highway. There was no response from the pilot. The controller called 9-1-1 and initiated rescue efforts within one minute of the accident.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector went to the accident site and reported that the airplane impacted terrain on a heading of about 120°. The debris field consisted of only a few pieces of metal within 12 ft of the impact point. The left wing tip, however, was located in a nearby tree, 81 ft above the ground. The right wing bore little evidence of fire impingement, and the fuel tank was empty.

Weather observed 19 minutes before and after the accident showed clear skies, 10 miles visibility, 84°F. temperature, and the wind from 150° at 20 knots, gusting to 29 knots. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information


Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N2074S
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: FWS, 700 ft msl
Observation Time: 1532 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 20 knots / 28 knots, 150°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fort Worth, TX (KFWS)
Destination: Fort Worth, TX (KFWS)

Wreckage and Impact Information


Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 32.565278, -97.308333 (est)

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. 



A Fort Worth ER doctor died in a plane crash on Thursday, according to a GoFundMe created in his name.

Daniel Scott Piotrowski was on the front lines fighting coronavirus at the Fort Worth Texas Health Huguley emergency room, according to social media posts. He completed his residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth from 1995 to 1998, according to the Texas Medical Board.

Piotrowski was 51 and born in Porter Ranch, California, his obituary said, and he leaves behind a wife and two children.

“His strength and his love during his time here was a reflection of the strength, love, grace and compassion that lived in him through the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” his sister, Dani Piotrowski Hall, posted on Facebook. “He lived his faith; he did not just speak it.”

The family recently moved back to Texas in September 2019 after Piotrowski took a leave of absence to serve as a doctor in New Zealand, the GoFundMe said.

“He wanted to learn about and from the Maori and Kiwi people while supporting them through his medical work,” the GoFundMe said. “Scott saw the move as a valuable opportunity to see firsthand how other countries practice medicine.”

When the family moved back to Texas, they spent months searching for a home, which they found in March.

“Around this time, the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, compelling Scott, as an ER doctor, to answer the call,” the GoFundMe said.

During this time, Piotrowski’s life insurance policy lapsed. The week before he had an appointment to reinstate it, he died in the plane crash. Records show Piotrowski was issued his private pilot’s license in April 2019.

Piotrowski was flying the single-engine Cessna 210 when the plane crashed in Burleson about a mile south of Fort Worth Spinks Airport.

The GoFundMe sponsors asked for help to ensure Piotrowski’s children continue their education.

“Scott had an immeasurable impact on countless lives, and those that knew him would testify that he dedicated his life to God and family,” the GoFundMe said. “Scott loved God, craft beer, Star Wars, and never watched a Western he didn’t like. He was a giving and selfless man who never met a stranger and never passed up an opportunity to help.”

As of May 31st, the GoFundMe had raised about $52,000.

https://www.star-telegram.com





"It is with great sadness that we announce the unfortunate and untimely passing of a husband, father, mentor, doctor, and friend: Scott Piotrowski. On May 7th, Scott was suddenly taken from this world in a tragic accident.  He leaves behind a beloved family: his two children, Abbie and Jon, as well as his loving wife, life partner, and best friend Aimee. 

In late 2018, Scott took a leave of absence from the hospital in order to serve in New Zealand. He wanted to learn about and from the Maori and Kiwi people while supporting them through his medical work. Scott saw the move as a valuable opportunity to see firsthand how other countries practice medicine. He and his family chose to uproot their lives in order to do this, selling the majority of their belongings, including their home. 

In September 2019, the Piotrowskis returned to Texas. They were fortunate enough to have friends and family that they were able to stay with while Scott and Aimee worked to provide a sense of normalcy for Abbie and Jon. Scott pursued the opportunity to return to the ER and in March of 2020, after 6 long months of searching and saving, the family found a place to call home. Around this time, the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States and during  this unprecedented time, Scott was working more than ever. It was during this time of transition that, unfortunately, his life insurance policy lapsed. He had just had a meeting to reinstate it the day before he was involved in a fatal plane crash.

Any donations will help to support the family in the immediate aftermath of their loss while they begin to process what life will be like without Scott. Our ultimate goal would be to ensure that Abbie and Jon are able to continue their education without worry.

Scott had an immeasurable impact on countless lives, and those that knew him would testify that he dedicated his life to God and family. Scott loved God, craft beer, Star Wars, and never watched a Western he didn’t like. He was a giving and selfless man who never met a stranger and never passed up an opportunity to help.

We thank you for your time and would greatly appreciate any support you are able to offer."

https://www.gofundme.com

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