Monday, December 21, 2020

Cessna 210L Centurion, N2246S: Fatal accident occurred December 20, 2020 in Midway, Liberty County, Georgia and Incident occurred July 08, 2017 on Ossabaw Island, Chatham County, Georgia

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; Atlanta, Georgia
Cessna; Wichita, Kansas
Continental Aerospace; Mobile, Alabama 

Coastal Flight Surgeons Inc

Location: Midway, GA 
Accident Number: ERA21LA085
Date & Time: December 20, 2020, 20:11 Local
Registration: N2246S
Aircraft: Cessna 210L 
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On December 20, 2020, about 2011 eastern standard time, a Cessna 210L, N2246S, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Midway, Georgia. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

Earlier during the day of the accident, the pilot flew his airplane from Eagle Neck Airport (1GA0), Shellman Bluff, Georgia to the East Georgia Regional Airport (SBO), Swainsboro, Georgia, then used an airport crew car to drive to the Emanuel Medical Center. He worked a 12-hour shift before leaving the medical center around 1915 with the intent of returning home to 1GA0. The pilot exchanged text
messages with his son before and during the accident flight. In an exchange of messages sent around 1900, the pilot and his son discussed the instrument meteorological conditions at 1GA0, including 400-foot ceilings and rain, that the pilot would depart soon, and that he might stop in Claxton, Georgia for fuel.

A review of preliminary radar track data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed that the flight departed runway 14 at SBO around 1940. After departure, the airplane’s track initially turned to the east, overflying the town of Swainsboro, before turning back to the right and tracking southeast for the remainder of the flight. The airplane climbed to and maintained between 2,000
to 2,500 ft mean sea level (msl) during cruise. At 1955, the pilot sent a text message to his son and stated that he was over Claxton, that he would not be stopping, and that he would continue to 1GA0. The airplane began descending at 2003, continuing southeast until just north of Seabrook, Georgia. The airplane then turned right and continued to descend to about 100 ft msl before turning southwest, briefly climbing back up to 300 ft msl, then descending to the ground. The track data ended at 2011.

No flight plan was filed for the flight and no air traffic control services were provided. There were no published instrument approach procedures for 1GA0.

The search for the late airplane was commenced the following day when the pilot did not report for work. The airplane was located midday, upright in a marshy area about 5 miles north of 1GA0. The wreckage debris path was about 400 ft-long and oriented on a southeast heading. The initial point of impact was a tree, and the right wing was located at the base of a tree. The left wing remained lodged near the top of the tree about 120 ft farther along the debris path, followed by the propeller 50 ft farther, and the initial ground impact scar about 70 ft beyond the propeller. The main wreckage with the tail and engine attached came to rest near the elevator about 75 ft beyond the impact ground scar. There was no fire.

The fuselage skin was torn, exposing the cabin and cockpit. The instrument panel was mostly intact. The throttle control was selected full out, the propeller control was full in, and the mixture was pulled out about 1.25 inches. The pilot side door was connected by the bottom hinge, and the right side passenger door was detached. The propeller blades were bent aft, with one blade fractured near the blade tip. According to FAA airmen records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane.

The reported weather conditions at SBO at 1931 included overcast clouds at 300 ft, and 4 miles visibility in rain. The 1956 reported weather conditions at Wright Army Airfield/Midcoast Regional Airport, Fort Stewart (Hinesville), Georgia, located about 16 nm north of accident site included overcast clouds at 600 ft, and 7 miles visibility in light rain.

The wreckage was retained for further investigation.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N2246S
Model/Series: 210L 
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: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: LHW,46 ft msl 
Observation Time: 19:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -10.6°C /-11.1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 30°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 600 ft AGL 
Visibility: 7 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Swainsboro, GA (SBO)
Destination: Shellman Bluff, GA(1GA0)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 31.718528,-81.319325 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email 
Dr. Mark Allen Lewis
June 27, 1957 – December 21, 2020

Dr. Mark Allen Lewis, age 63, of Townsend, Georgia passed away on December 21, 2020 in Liberty County, Georgia.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to his late parents Shirley and Mary Lewis. He attended the Medical College of Georgia followed by service in the United States Army as a medical doctor. He spent the majority of his medical career as an ER doctor in hospitals throughout Coastal Georgia.

Dr. Lewis is survived by his spouse, Stacie (nee Miller); his daughter, Eryn; his son, Marc (Chipper); his siblings, Dorann Edwards, Russell Lewis, Peggy Lawrence, Nancy Shipman, and Larry Lewis; and many loving nieces and nephews.

In addition to his practice of medicine, Dr. Lewis was a pilot and aviation enthusiast. He enjoyed traveling with his family on ski trips to Colorado, athletic competitions/races, and attending Atlanta Braves baseball games. His primary passion was spending time with his two children.

A private service will be held at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the American Heart Association.

MIDWAY, Georgia (WSAV) – The body of a missing McIntosh County pilot was recovered on the eastern end of Liberty County Monday afternoon.

Liberty County Coroner Reginald Pierce has since identified the pilot as 63-year-old Dr. Mark Allen Lewis.

According to Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes, Lewis was reported missing by family members shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday.

The plane, registered to Coastal Flight Surgeons Inc. in Townsend, was found around 12:30 p.m. Monday when an aircraft flying over the county spotted the tail and wing of the plane in marshy waters.

Local first responders were called to search for the crash site on the ground as the U.S. Coast Guard deployed by helicopter.

Several members of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and Liberty County Fire Services waded through the thick marsh to gain access to the plane, which was found off of Islands Highway, several miles from Carrs Neck Creek Road.

The aircraft has been identified as a Cessna 210 Centurion, a six-seat, single-engine aircraft. Officials say Lewis was the only occupant.

Liberty County Fire Services Chief Brian Darby said the recovery wouldn’t have been possible without the other pilot seeing the wreckage Monday.

The chief was unable to comment on the cause of the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are leading the investigation.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

July 08, 2017:  Aircraft force landed on a beach.

Date: 08-JUL-17
Time: 13:36:00Z
Regis#: N2246S
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C210
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

July 08, 2017

OSSABAW ISLAND (WTOC) -  The Coast Guard rescued three people after their aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing on Ossabaw Island in Georgia.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center were notified of a mayday call from the aircrew of a Cessna 210 that came in at 9:35 a.m. from Air Traffic Control. 

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and accompanying crew were dispatched from the Coast Guard Air Station in Savannah at 9:52 a.m. to help the three crewmembers. 

The helicopter arrived on the beach at 10:09, loaded all three passengers and safely transported them back to the air station. 

No injuries were reported. 

The aircraft is registered to Coastal Flight Surgeons Inc, who are based in Townsend, Georgia. They are a small organization made up of doctors.

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