Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Cessna P210N Pressurized Centurion, N210GE: Accident occurred February 20, 2021 at Bartow Executive Airport (KBOW), Polk County, Florida

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; Orlando, Florida


Location: Bartow, FL 
Accident Number: ERA21LA146
Date & Time: February 20, 2021, 17:00 Local 
Registration: N210GE
Aircraft: Cessna P210
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On February 20, 2021, about 1700 eastern standard time, a Cessna P210N, N210GE, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Bartow Executive Airport (BOW), Bartow Florida. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, earlier on the day of the accident, he flew from Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU), Grenville, South Carolina to BOW to attend a memorial service. While he attended the memorial service, a fixed-base-operator at BOW performed an oil change on the airplane. The pilot subsequently departed BOW for the return flight to GMU. As the airplane climbed through 5,000 ft mean sea level (msl), he heard a “clicking” sound every 1 minute and noted that the sound occurred simultaneously with a “pegging” of the analog oil temperature and oil pressure gauges to the right, and the amp meter to the left (full discharge). He checked the circuit breakers and fuses but did not observe any anomalies.

The airplane was at 14,000 ft msl over Gainesville, Florida when the pilot decided to return to BOW instead of continuing the flight over mountains at night with a possible electrical problem. During the return to BOW the “clicking” sound subsided. The pilot subsequently extended the landing gear, flaps and speed brakes. On short final approach and over the runway numbers, everything was normal. The wind was a crosswind from the left. As the pilot flared, he kept the airplane’s left wing low and touched down on the left main landing gear and then the nose gear, at which time the tail seemed to “fall out” from under him. The airplane leaned to the left and continued in a straight path to a stop. He pulled the mixture control, shut off the master switch and magnetos and egressed. The pilot then walked around the airplane and observed that the nose landing gear was properly extended; however, the two main landing gear had collapsed resulting in damage to the horizontal stabilizer, left wing and fuselage.

The wreckage was recovered and retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N210GE
Model/Series: P210 N 
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: KBOW,125 ft msl 
Observation Time: 15:50 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C /5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 10°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Bartow, FL 
Destination: Greenville, SC (GMU)

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: 27.944813,-81.786297

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