Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Cessna 210A Centurion, N6637X: Accident occurred March 02, 2021 near Grand Haven Memorial Airpark (3GM), Ottawa County, Michigan

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; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Location: Grand Haven, MI
Accident Number: CEN21LA146
Date & Time: March 2, 2021, 15:49 Local
Registration: N6637X
Aircraft: Cessna 210
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On March 2, 2021, about 1549 central daylight time, a Cessna 210 airplane, N6637X, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Grand Haven, Michigan. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight.

According to information obtained by the Federal Aviation Administration, the pilot reported a total loss of engine power shortly after departing the Grand Haven Memorial Airpark (3GM), Grand Haven, Michigan. During the forced landing, substantial damage was sustained to both wings and the fuselage.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N6637X
Model/Series: 210 A
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: 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMKG,633 ft msl
Observation Time: 15:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 2°C /-6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 18 knots / 29 knots, 210°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Grand Haven, MI
Destination: Grand Haven, MI

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 43.01963,-86.198471 (est)

OTTAWA COUNTY, Michigan — A 52-year-old Marne man survived when his single-engine airplane crashed into a wooded lot off Ferris Street on Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency crews responded to the scene a short distance east of 160th Avenue shortly before 4 p.m.

According to Sgt. Dennis Luce of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, the plane took off from Grand Haven Memorial Airport with the pilot intending to fly to Muskegon. 

Equipment problems forced the pilot to abort the flight. He was looking to land in a nearby field, but lost air speed too quickly and crashed into the woods about 50 yards off the bike path in the 16000 block of Ferris Street. 

The male pilot was the only occupant of the plane. Police said that he suffered minor injuries and was able to walk away from the crash. He was checked over by North Ottawa Community Hospital paramedics at the scene, but was not transported. His name was not released. 

A Hazmat team was called to the scene to deal with fuel leaking from the plane.

Grand Haven Township Fire Chief Brian Sipe said there was about 20 gallons of fuel in tanks over each wing and it appeared that just a few gallons had leaked. Material was spread around the area to sop up the spill.

A representative from the Federal Aviation Administration was on scene investigating the crash. 

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