Sunday, January 09, 2022

Loss of Engine Power (Total): Cessna T210L Turbo Centurion II, N2391S; accident occurred January 10, 2019 near Calhoun County Airport (KPKV), Port Lavaca, Texas

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Port Lavaca, Texas
Accident Number: CEN19LA069
Date and Time: January 10, 2019, 16:50 Local
Registration: N2391S
Aircraft: Cessna T210
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (total)
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


While on approach to land, the airplane’s engine lost total power. The pilot performed a forced landing to a soft field, resulting in substantial damage to the airplane. There was a delay in recovering the airplane, and fuel quantity and quality at the time of the accident could not be verified. An examination of the engine and engine components did not detect any anomalies which would have contributed to a loss of engine power.

The reason for the loss of engine power could not be determined.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
A total loss of engine power for reasons that could not be determined based on the available information.


Aircraft (general) - Unknown/Not determined

Factual Information

On January 10, 2019, about 1650 central standard time, a Cessna T210L airplane, N2391S, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Port Lavaca, Texas. The pilot and passenger received minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to information collected by the Federal Aviation Administration, the pilot was at 2,800 ft mean sea level, and on a base leg to runway 14 at the Calhoun County Airport (PKV), Port Lavaca, Texas, when the engine suddenly stopped producing power. The pilot switched fuel tanks and attempted a restart twice and then turned on the fuel pump. Engine power was not restored, and the pilot prepared for a forced landing to a field. When the airplane touched down in the field, the nose gear sank into the soft soil and the airplane nosed over, coming to rest inverted. The pilot and passenger were able to egress with minor injuries.

Due to a U.S. Government furlough and wet accident site conditions, the airplane remained inverted for about 6 weeks before it was recovered. Once recovered, an examination was conducted on the engine. No anomalies were detected with the engine which would have precluded normal operation. Trace fuel was found in the fuel lines. However, due to the delayed recovery of the inverted airplane, fuel quantity and quality could not be verified.

The reason for the loss of engine power could not be determined.

History of Flight

Approach-VFR pattern final Unknown or undetermined
Approach-VFR pattern final Loss of engine power (total) (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 35
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None 
Second Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Unknown
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: Last
Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N2391S
Model/Series: T210 L
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1976
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 21061267
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
Engine Model/Series: IO-520-L
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: KPKV, 30 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 16:55 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 239°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 110° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: 

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 32 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition:
Runway Used: 14 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5004 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop

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: 28.67,-96.680831 (est)

1 comment:

  1. I remember when this happened. At the time they were saying it was fuel exhaustion. :/