Sunday, January 31, 2021

Landing Gear Not Configured: Cessna P210N Pressurized Centurion, N117KP; accident occurred June 16, 2020 at Ak-Chin Regional Airport (A39), Maricopa, Arizona

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

CN Aviation LLC

Location: Maricopa, AZ
Accident Number: WPR20CA184
Date & Time: 06/16/2020, 1255 MST
Aircraft: Cessna P210
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear not configured
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that he elected to conduct a straight in approach to the runway. As the airplane descended the air became increasingly turbulent and windy. While on final approach he conducted his pre-landing check as the airplane was bouncing around. During short final, the pilot noted that he was often increasing and decreasing power to account for the windy conditions. As the airplane flared, he heard the gear horn, but it was too late to go-around. The airplane subsequently landed with the landing gear inadvertently retracted and slide to a stop on its belly. The airplane's lower fuselage was substantially damaged. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical anomalies with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The pilot further reported that he omitted extending the landing gear, verifying for a green light or visually checking the mirrors.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 55, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/15/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 12/18/2019
Flight Time:   1535 hours (Total, all aircraft), 487 hours (Total, this make and model), 1535 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 35 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 14 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N117KP
Model/Series: P210 N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: P21000117
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/27/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 4016 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 153 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3473 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental Motors
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TSIO-520 SER
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:310 hp 
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: A39, 85239 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1255 MST
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots / 15 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 260°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.86 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point:39°C / 1°C 
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Mesa, AZ (FFZ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Destination: Maricopa, AZ (A39)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1245 MST
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Ak-Chin Regional Airport (A39)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1307 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 22
IFR Approach:None 
Runway Length/Width: 4751 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 32.987778, -111.918056 (est)

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