Saturday, May 15, 2021

Cessna 210 Centurion, N7350E: Accident occurred May 15, 2021 in Lake Arrowhead, San Bernardino County, California

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; Riverside, California

Location: Lake Arrowhead, CA 
Accident Number: WPR21LA194
Date & Time: May 16, 2021, 15:45 Local
Registration: N7350E
Aircraft: Cessna 210 Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted
Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On May 16, 2021, about 1545 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 210, N7350E, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Lake Arrowhead, California. The pilot and passenger were seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that while climbing through an altitude of about 8,500 ft mean sea level (msl), enroute to Big Bear Airport (L35), Big Bear City, California, he noted a partial loss of engine power. He contacted Air Traffic Control (ATC) and was provided with alternate airports and current weather information. While over mountainous terrain, the engine experienced a total loss of power. 

Concerned he did not have sufficient altitude to clear rising terrain, he initiated a forced landing to a clearing on sloped terrain. The airplane subsequently collided with vegetation and came to rest upright on a steep slope.

Both wings and fuselage were substantially damaged. The wreckage was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N7350E
Model/Series: 210 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSBD,1159 ft msl
Observation Time: 15:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C /9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 320°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 7 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 34.263639,-117.15866 (est)

A pilot and passenger were alert and talking with firefighters after the small plane they were traveling in crashed into the side of a mountain in the Cedar Glen area of the San Bernardino Mountains on Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to the area of Torrey Road and Blackwood Drive, east of Lake Arrowhead and near Mackay Park, about 3 p.m. after a report came in of a plane, possibly a Cessna, that had gone down, sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said.

The pilot reported losing power at an altitude of about 8,500 feet, and was attempting to navigate to Snow Valley before going down, National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Chris O’Neil said. What caused the loss of power wasn’t immediately known.

The severity of the injuries to the two occupants was not immediately known.

The two occupants of the Cessna 210 Centurion were traveling from Chino to Big Bear City, said Elizabeth Cory of the Federal Aviation Administration. Air traffic control lost radio contact with the plan just before 3:15 p.m.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.

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