Sunday, May 02, 2021

Cessna T210M Turbo Centurion, N1215M: Fatal accident occurred May 02, 2021 and Accident occurred April 05, 2017

Dr. Dale Bieber

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa

May 02, 2021: Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in a field near Green Castle Airport (IA24), Oxford, Johnson County, Iowa.

Dale E. Bieber


Date: 02-MAY-21
Time: 19:23:00Z
Regis#: N1215M
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 210
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: OXFORD
State: IOWA

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.



The pilot who died in a plane crash in a Tiffin farm field Sunday has been identified as 73-year-old Dale Bieber of Coralville. 

Bieber worked as a doctor and clinical professor of internal medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and Carver College of Medicine. 

Friends on Facebook circulated a message from Bieber's wife, Carla, who wrote:

"I am comforted only in remembering that he was an amazing, kind man who gave me (and others) so much in his lifetime. I suspect many of you will grieve as I will. He would want us to celebrate him — not be sad for his passing — and I will endeavor to pretend I can do that. God Bless."

Dale Bieber, 73, died in a plane crash near Tiffin on Sunday.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office responded to the crash at 250th Street and Greencastle Avenue Northwest near Tiffin at around 4 p.m. Sunday. Witnesses called 911 to report an airplane was seen crashing into a farm field near the Green Castle Airport.

The plane crashed under unknown circumstances, according to preliminary information from the Federal Aviation Administration. The Cessna T210M Turbo Centurion was destroyed.

Bieber was the only one on board.

In a video posted on the UIHC web page, Bieber said he was originally from Pennsylvania but lived in Nigeria until he was 14. His parents were missionaries.

Bieber received a masters degree in physiology from Pennsylvania State University and an M.D. from the Penn State College of Medicine. He specialized in internal and geriatric medicine.

Before coming to Iowa, Bieber spent two decades working as a doctor in a town of 500 people in Pennsylvania, he said in the video. 

"It was my dream come true to do what I wanted in a small town," Bieber said in the video. "People in the restaurant would say, 'Hi, doc. How are you doing?' In the grocery store would say, 'What's wrong with my finger here?' It was just a wonderful small town environment to be in."

Bieber said he was a "small-town person in my heart," and while in Pennsylvania, sung in a barbershop chorus and worked as the church choir director.



TIFFIN, Iowa (KWWL) -- The Johnson County Sheriff's Office has identified the victim in a plane crash in rural Tiffin on Sunday afternoon as 73-year-old Dale Bieber of Coralville.

911 calls were received from witnesses stating an airplane was observed near the Greencastle Airport and shortly after the plane crashed into a neighboring farm field.

Bieber was the only occupant of the single-engine aircraft and authorities say he died at the scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are continuing to investigate the incident.

An agent for the National Transportation Safety Board finished a site evaluation Monday and a spokesperson for the agency says preliminary reports indicate the plane crashed while landing at the small private airport.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, North Liberty Police Department, Tiffin Fire Department, Oxford Fire Department, Johnson County Emergency Management, Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center, and Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office.





Johnson County Sheriff's Office
 
On May 2, 2021, at 3:52pm, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a plane crash at 250th St & Greencastle Ave NW in rural Tiffin, Iowa.  

911 calls were received from witnesses stating an airplane was observed near the Green Castle Airport and shortly after the plane crashed into a neighboring farm field. 

The pilot of the single-engine aircraft has been confirmed deceased. 

The name of the individual is being withheld until family notification can be completed. 

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.  

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have been notified and will be joining the investigation.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, North Liberty Police Department, Tiffin Fire Department, Oxford Fire Department, Johnson County Emergency Management, and Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office.






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; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:


Location: Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 
Accident Number: CEN17LA148
Date & Time: April 5, 2017, 14:10 Local
Registration: N1215M
Aircraft: Cessna T210M 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear collapse 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Positioning

Analysis

The commercial pilot reported that, before the accident flight, the airplane had been experiencing intermittent landing gear problems and that the purpose of the flight was to bring the airplane to a maintenance facility to examine the landing gear system. He added that, before the flight, the landing gear circuit breaker was pulled out "in order to keep the gear in the down position and eliminate the gear warning horn" for the flight. While landing, the pilot noticed that the left wing slightly dropped after touchdown, and the pilot corrected with aileron to maintain the runway centerline. Shortly thereafter, the pilot could feel the right main landing gear (MLG) slowly collapse. The pilot was unable to maintain the airplane on the runway centerline, and the airplane exited the runway surface. The airplane came to rest upright with the right MLG collapsed, and the right horizontal stabilizer was bent.

During a postaccident examination, the landing gear were retracted and extended multiple times. Each gear retraction was normal; however, the gear extension cycles resulted in the left MLG and nose landing gear extending and locking, and the right MLG extending with no movement from the downlock actuator. The actuator was removed for further examination, and it was difficult to move. After removal, the actuator released, and the internal spring mechanism freely moved the actuator. The actuator was disassembled with no internal problems noted.

According to the Pilot's Operating Handbook, Section 3, "Emergency Procedures, Landing Gear Malfunction Procedures," the landing gear pump circuit breaker was to be positioned to the "in" position for all landing gear malfunction scenarios.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The malfunction of the right main landing gear actuator for reasons that could not be determined because postaccident examination revealed no mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. Contributing to the accident was the improper decision to disengage the landing gear system circuit breaker before the flight, which was contrary to the manufacturer-recommended procedures.

Findings

Aircraft Landing gear actuator - Malfunction
Not determined (general) - Unknown/Not determined
Personnel issues Incorrect action selection - Other
Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Pilot
Personnel issues Use of policy/procedure - Pilot

Factual Information

On April 5, 2017, at 1410 central daylight time, a Cessna 210M single-engine airplane, N1215M, experienced a right main landing gear collapse at the Detroit Lakes Airport (DTL), Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. The commercial pilot, who was the sole occupant, was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the right horizontal stabilizer. The airplane was registered to Great
Plains Leasing, LLC, Dickinson, North Dakota, and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a positioning flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and a flight plan was not filed. The flight departed the Moorhead Municipal Airport (JKJ), Moorhead, Minnesota, about 1350.

According to the pilot, before the accident flight, the airplane had been experiencing intermittent landing gear problems, and the purpose of the flight was to bring the airplane to a maintenance facility at DTL to examine the landing gear system. Before the flight, the landing gear circuit breaker was pulled out "in order to keep the gear in the down position and eliminate the gear warning horn" for the flight to DTL. While landing at DTL, the pilot noticed the left wing slightly dropped after touchdown, and the pilot corrected with aileron to maintain runway centerline. Shortly thereafter, the pilot could feel the right main landing gear slowly collapse. The pilot was unable to maintain the airplane on runway centerline, and the airplane exited the runway surface. The airplane came to rest upright with the right main landing gear collapsed, and the right horizontal stabilizer was bent.

On April 18, 2017, the airplane was examined by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector and a mechanic. During the initial examination, the landing gear was retracted and extended multiple times. Each gear retraction was normal, and the gear extension cycle resulted in the left main and nose gear extending and locking, and the right gear extending with no movement from the downlock actuator. After loosening the hydraulic line fittings at the downlock actuator, hydraulic fluid was present at the actuator. The actuator was removed for further examination, and was found difficult to move. According to the inspector, after removal, the actuator released, and the internal spring mechanism freely moved the actuator. The actuator was disassembled with no internal problems noted.

On April 24, 2017, a former pilot of the accident airplane stopped into the FAA office in Fargo, North Dakota, to discuss the accident. According to the pilot, he had previously flown the airplane in September 2016 from DTL to JKJ, and experienced an unsafe gear warning horn and advised the airplane owners. During his landing, he landed with the landing gear pump circuit break in and the gear warning horn functioning. He stated that with the landing gear pump operating (circuit breaker in), the pump pressure on the landing gear actuator held the gear in the "saddle" until the airplane was on the ground. The weight of the wheels would then keep the gear in the down position. To his knowledge, the airplane had been in storage since his flight.

According to the Cessna Pilot's Operating Handbook (POH), Section 3, Emergency Procedures, Landing Gear Malfunction Procedures, all landing gear malfunction scenarios listed in the POH require the landing gear pump circuit breaker to be in the "IN" position.

History of Flight

Landing-flare/touchdown Landing gear collapse (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial 
Age: 39, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: Lap only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: July 25, 2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: July 31, 2016
Flight Time: 1080 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1 hours (Total, this make and model), 300 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 64 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 9 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N1215M
Model/Series: T210M M 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 21061924
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle 
Seats: 5
Date/Type of Last Inspection: August 29, 2016 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3803 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 1 Hrs
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5810 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: Installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: TSIO-520 SER
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 300 Horsepower
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: DTL
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 14:13 Local
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 12 knots / 15 knots 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  / None
Wind Direction: 350°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / -2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Moorhead, MN (JKJ) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Detroit Lakes, MN (DTL) 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 13:50 Local
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Detroit Lakes Airport DTL 
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1397 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 31 IFR
Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4500 ft / 75 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop; Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 46.825279,-95.885559(est)

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