Thursday, October 21, 2021

Cessna 210N Centurion, N1235U: Accident occurred October 20, 2021 at Dallas Executive Airport (KRBD), Dallas County, Texas

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; Irving, Texas

Spicewood Centurion Partnership

Location: Dallas, Texas
Accident Number: CEN22LA018
Date and Time: October 20, 2021, 16:15 Local 
Registration: N1235U
Aircraft: Cessna 210N 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Business

On October 20, 2021, about 1615 central daylight time, a Cessna 210N airplane, N1235U, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Dallas, Texas. The airline transport pilot sustained no injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 business flight.

The pilot reported that during the takeoff, he felt and heard a fluctuation in the engine power. He observed the fluctuation on the fuel flow monitor showing about 148 pounds per hour and then showing only “dashes” on the monitor. The pilot decided to abort the takeoff, he initiated a descent, and then felt full power return to the engine. He concluded that the engine power fluctuation had only been for a few seconds, and he did not notice a fluctuation on the cylinder head temperature monitor.

During the landing, the nose wheel impacted the runway first, and the tire was blown. The airplane rolled off the runway, impacted a shallow ditch, and came to rest inverted on a grass field. The pilot performed an emergency shutdown and was able to egress from the airplane without further incident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, the left wing, and the empennage.

The airplane was recovered for a future examination of the airframe and engine.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N1235U
Model/Series: 210N 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRBD,658 ft msl 
Observation Time: 15:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C /18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 210°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 4400 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Dallas, TX
Destination: Spicewood, TX (88R)

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: 32.680461,-96.866779 (est)

DALLAS — No injuries were reported Wednesday after a private plane flipped over at Dallas Executive Airport, officials said.

The  Cessna 210N Centurion is registered to Spicewood Centurion Partnership in Austin, "had some issues as it was departing the airport," an airport spokesperson said. It is unclear at this time what caused the plane to flip.

Dallas Fire-Rescue said the call sheet to first responders stated that a plane ran off the end of the runway, but since no injuries were reported, only firefighters from Station 49 responded. Dallas Executive Airport is located in the Redbird area of Dallas.

The City of Dallas said the airport suspended operations until the scene was cleared.

The airport is still investigating the incident.


  1. "It is unclear at this time what caused the plane to flip"

    Nose wheel track appears to have dug in. The rut was about as long as the fuselage of the aircraft. I think it's pretty clear what caused it to flip. What's not clear is why the pilot did this.

    "had some issues as it was departing the airport,"

    ? 3 parallel tracks in the grass indicating that it was still on the ground when it left the departure end of the runway. Just a thought - Failure to become airborne?

    1. ADS-B makes it look like it got a few feet up before it was set back down, then the over run.

      That front wheel laying off to the side is a surprise. Wonder if the wheel departed and then the strut went a-rutting.