Thursday, November 25, 2021

Cessna T210R Turbo Centurion, N6209U: Fatal accident occurred November 24, 2021 near Grove City Airport (29D), Mercer County, Pennsylvania

National Transportation Safety Board accident number: ERA22FA076
   
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allegheny, Pennsylvania 

Aircraft lost oil pressure and engine and crash landed in a landfill.

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Date: 24-NOV-21
Time: 22:46:00Z
Regis#: N6209U
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: T210R
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 2
Flight Crew 1 Fatal
Pax 1 Fatal
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EMERGENCY DESCENT (EMG)
Operation: 91
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
City: GROVE CITY
State: PENNSYLVANIA

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email witness@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.

A 65-year-old Ohio man made a turnaround and a stop at the Clarion County Airport shortly before his plane crashed a few miles outside Grove City last week, according to flight records.

Richard Briggs, 65, of Cuyahoga Falls died as a result of blunt force trauma as a result of the crash, which happened around 5:40 p.m. on Nov. 24., according to Mercer County Coroner John Libonati.

Briggs’s passenger, 55-year-old Keith Vanover of Parma, Ohio, was transported from the scene but died Saturday at a Pittsburgh hospital of thermal burns and inhalation suffered in the crash, according to the Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner.

“Preliminary information suggests that the plane being flown by Mr. Briggs was experiencing significant mechanical problems prior to the crash and that efforts were being made to land safely prior to the accident,” Libonati said in a release.

According to preliminary information released by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Cessna T210R lost oil pressure and engine function prior to crashing in a wooded area near the TCI landfill in Pine Township, a few miles outside Grove City.

According to flight records, Briggs was scheduled for a non-stop return trip from Westchester County, N.Y., north of New York City, to Akron, Ohio. Briggs had flown the same trip Wednesday in the opposite direction.

On the return trip, Briggs left New York just before 2:15 p.m. Shortly after 5 p.m., flight records indicate he passed the Clarion County Airport before turning around, backtracking roughly 10 miles and landing.

About 15 minutes later, Briggs took off headed for Akron. Nineteen minutes later, the plane crashed.

Libonati said the FAA will make a definitive ruling on the cause of the crash following its investigation.


Rick Briggs
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PINE TOWNSHIP – The passenger from Wednesday’s Pine Township plane crash that killed the pilot has died from his injuries.

Keith Vanover, 55, of Parma, Ohio, was pronounced dead at 9:17 a.m. Saturday at a Pittsburgh hospital, according to information released Monday by the Allegheny County Coroner’s Office.

Vanover died from thermal burns and inhalation injuries.

The pilot, Richard Briggs, 65, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, died in the crash that happened at 5:42 p.m. in a wooded area adjacent to Tri-County Industries, 159 TCI Park Drive, Mercer County Coroner John A. Libonati reported Friday.

He was operating a Cessna 210 and had planned on flying nonstop from upstate New York to Akron, but diverted to stop at Clarion County Airport, according to flight records. It crashed 19 minutes after resuming flight from Clarion to Akron.

Those records indicate that Briggs had flown from Akron Fulton Airport to Westchester Airport just north of New York City that morning.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s preliminary findings show that the plane was reportedly experiencing significant mechanical problems, with a loss of oil pressure and engine function before the crash.

The staff from the control tower at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna, Ohio, reported to Mercer County 911 that the plane had radioed indicating it lost engine function, said Frank Jannetti, Mercer County’s public safety director.

Briggs was trying to make a safe landing, Libonati said.

6 comments:

  1. KEITH EDWARD VANOVER
    PARMA OH
    Medical Class: First Medical Date: 4/2021
    MUST WEAR CORRECTIVE LENSES.

    Certificate: COMMERCIAL PILOT
    Date of Issue: 10/29/2019
    Ratings:
    COMMERCIAL PILOT
    AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
    AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND
    INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE
    PRIVATE PRIVILEGES
    GLIDER
    Type Ratings:
    C/CE-525S

    Certificate: FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR
    Date of Issue: 1/14/2020
    Ratings:
    FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR
    AIRPLANE SINGLE AND MULTIENGINE
    INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE
    EXPIRES: 31 JAN 2022.

    Certificate: MECHANIC
    Date of Issue: 8/14/2009
    Ratings:
    MECHANIC
    AIRFRAME
    POWERPLANT
    INSPECTION AUTHORIZATION
    DISTRICT OFFICE: GL25 03/2021

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    1. Looks like he was trying to stretch the glide to Grove City Airport. Golf course and fields nearby - although looks like end of twilight was 5:30, 15 min before crash.

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  2. https://globe.adsbexchange.com/?icao=a819e3&lat=41.225&lon=-79.447&zoom=13.6&showTrace=2021-11-24&trackLabels

    Flightaware's Clarion arrival and flatline plot continuation:
    https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N6209U/history/20211124/1830Z/KHPN/KAKR

    Flightaware's accident leg:
    https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N6209U/history/20211124/2225Z/KAXQ/KAKR

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  3. 1 hour @ KAXQ. FBO offers fuel, no maintenance. Closest advertised powerplant maintenance was Ravotti Air LLC. @
    Franklin-Venango Regional Airport (KFKL), 21 nm NW of AXQ. https://www.aopa.org/destinations/business/32887

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    1. He was an A&P, so he could have done some work himself.

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  4. He had a discrete transponder code, so he was likely on with flight following. Unfortunately the LiveATC feed for Youngstown approach has been down for over a year or otherwise we might be able to hear what he reported to ATC.

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