Saturday, October 10, 2020

Cessna 210B Centurion, N9568X: Accident occurred October 04, 2020 in Cedaredge, Delta County, Colorado

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; Salt Lake City

Soaring 210 LLC

Location: Cedaredge, CO 
Accident Number: CEN21LA001
Date & Time: October 4, 2020, 11:50 Local
Registration: N9568X
Aircraft: Cessna 210 
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under:

On October 4, 2020, about 1150 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 210 airplane, N9568X, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Cedaredge, Colorado. The pilot and one passenger were seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

After the accident, the pilot stated that he and the passenger were departing from Blake Field Airport (AJZ), Delta, Colorado, with 60 gallons of fuel, and were en route to Casper, Wyoming. After departure to the north, he climbed along the valley parallel to the grand mesa. The airplane was at least 1,000 ft above ground level and over mountainous terrain when he noticed a gradual reduction in engine RPM. The pilot switched fuel tanks, turned on the fuel boost pump, and advanced the throttle, but the engine did not respond. The RPM kept gradually decreasing and he was no longer able to maintain altitude. The pilot found a clearing next to the highway and setup for a forced landing.

The airplane landed hard, bounced and came to rest upright next to the highway. A postimpact fire ensued and the pilot and passenger were helped away from the wreckage. The fire consumed the cockpit, fuselage, and inboard sections of both wings. Figure 1 shows the airplane where it came to rest.

The wreckage has been recovered to a secure storage facility for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N9568X
Model/Series: 210 B 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAJZ,5194 ft msl Observation Time: 11:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C /-6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.3 inches Hg Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Delta, CO (AJZ) Destination: Caper, WY (CPR)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 39.037641,-107.98924 (est)

Tyler and Jess
The pilot, identified as Tyler Beyer, 35, and the passenger, his spouse Jessica Beyer, 33, both of Barr Nunn, Wyoming.


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