Friday, March 12, 2021

Cessna 421B Golden Eagle, N80056: Accident occurred March11, 2021 at Macon County Airport (1A5), Franklin, 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; Greensboro, North Carolina 

Location: Franklin, NC 
Accident Number: ERA21LA152
Date & Time: March 11, 2021, 19:53 Local 
Registration: N80056
Aircraft: Cessna 421 
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal
On March 11, 2021, about 1953 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 421B, N80056, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the Macon County Airport (1A5), Franklin, North Carolina. The pilot and two passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.
According to the pilot, this was a planned local flight. The pilot stated that it was a normal start, taxi, and run-up before takeoff. He initiated the takeoff roll and called out speeds in 10 knot (kts) increments looking for a rotation speed of 100 kts. He said the airspeed reached 90 kts and the aircraft acceleration “lagged” while only reaching a maximum airspeed of around 92 kts. He noticed that the runway length was decreasing and elected to abort the takeoff with the remaining runway. He pulled both throttles to idle and initiated maximum braking.
Examination of the runway by a Federal Aviation Administrator inspector, revealed tire skid marks beginning around 1,200 ft from the runway end and continued off into the grass. The airplane continued down a slope, and through a fence before coming to rest. All of the occupants exited the airplane safely and a post-crash fire ensued. The airplane sustained fire and structural damage to the fuselage.
The airplane was retained for further examination.
Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information
Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N80056
Model/Series: 421 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: K1A5,2020 ft msl 
Observation Time: 19:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C /5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.38 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Franklin, NC 
Destination: Franklin, NC
Wreckage and Impact Information
Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 35.222312,-83.419997 (est)

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