Sunday, December 06, 2020

Cessna 210L Centurion, N30259: Accident occurred December 24, 2019 at Spencer Airport (NC35), Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina

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; Charlotte, North Carolina

Location: Concord, NC 
Accident Number: ERA20LA070
Date & Time: December 24, 2019, 16:00 Local 
Registration: N30259
Aircraft: Cessna 210
Injuries: 1 Minor, 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On December 24, 2019, at 1600 eastern standard time, a Cessna 210L, N30259, was substantially damaged when it struck trees after landing at Spencer airport (NC35), Concord, North Carolina. The private pilot sustained minor injuries; the pilot rated passenger and two other passengers were uninjured. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local personal flight, which was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot, while flying in the traffic pattern at NC35, he had performed one uneventful landing on the 2,180 ft long turf runway, which was wet from rainfall the previous day. During the rollout of the second landing, he tapped the brakes and the left brake "went to the floor" with little or no resistance. He pumped the brake in an attempt to get it to work, but was unsuccessful. The airplane veered to the right, and he chose to ground loop the airplane into pine trees on the right side of the runway, to avoid a fence and drainage ditch off the end of the runway. The airplane struck trees, spun to the right and came to rest.

According to the pilot, he had been having an intermittent problem with the left brake for nearly 2 years and had brought the airplane to two separate maintenance facilities to address the issue. The symptoms were very similar to the brake behavior on the day of the accident, however he was always able to regain brake performance by pumping the brake pedal during previous events. A review of the airplane maintenance records revealed the master cylinder had been replaced twice, most recently 5 days before the accident, and again in March 2019. It had also been overhauled in January 2019. Several other maintenance entries described replacement of o-rings, line plugs, the brake swivel and other brake hardware.

An examination of the wreckage at the accident site by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed substantial impact damage to the leading edge of the left wing and buckling of the fuselage forward of the horizontal stabilizer and forward of the left door. The airplane impacted trees or the right side of the runway 21, near the end of runway.

A set of marks in the turf runway consistent with a touchdown were found about halfway down the runway. Another set of asymmetrical skid marks on runway were found leading from the center of the runway toward the right side and ended at the impact location. The mark consistent with the right main landing gear was estimated to be about 500 feet long. The mark consistent with the left main landing was estimated to be about 75 feet long. Both marks were relatively continuous up to the impact location.

According to FAA airmen records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, and instrument airplane. The pilot reported 2,412 hours of total flight experience, with 1,707 hours in the same make and model as the accident airplane.

The Concord Regional Airport (JQF), Concord, North Carolina, located about 4 miles west of the accident site, was the nearest weather reporting station. At 1550, the reported weather included wind from 360° at 8 knots, visibility 10 miles, sky clear, temperature 18°C, dew point 8°C, and an altimeter setting of 30.04 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N30259
Model/Series: 210 L 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
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: JQF,705 ft msl
Observation Time: 15:50 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C /8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 360°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Concord, NC (NC35)
Destination: Concord, NC (NC35)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 35.400001,-80.623611 (est)

1 comment:

  1. And that's the story of how that little airport became an apartment complex. :)