Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Cessna 310R, N310LC: Accident occurred June 18, 2021 at Portland Municipal Airport (KPLD), Jay County, Indiana

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; Indianapolis, Indiana

Location: Portland, IN
Accident Number: CEN21LA279
Date & Time: June 18, 2021, 20:30 Local
Registration: N310LC
Aircraft: Cessna 310R
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air taxi & commuter - Non-scheduled

On June 18, 2021, about 2030 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 310R airplane, N310LC, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident at Portland Municipal Airport (PLD), Portland, Indiana. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The flight was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135on-demand air taxi flight.

The pilot reported that he diverted to PLD due to thunderstorms. During the landing flare, a deer ran onto the left side of the runway and collided with airplane; the left main landing gear separated. The airplane veered to the left and continued off the runway into a ditch. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and left horizontal stabilizer.

The airport does not have a perimeter fence for wildlife hazard mitigation.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N310LC
Model/Series: 310R
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMIE,937 ft msl
Observation Time: 20:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 23 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C /19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 220°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.78 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Lake Geneva, WI (C02) 
Destination: Portland, IN

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 40.451543,-84.988608

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