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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 235562
Last updated: 2 September 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C210 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 210L Centurion
Registration: N210HH
C/n / msn: 21061462
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Canyon Lake, Comal County, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Midland Airpark, TX (MDD/KMDD)
Destination airport:New Braunfels Regional Airport, TX (KBAZ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
On April 28, 2020, about 0958 central daylight time, a Cessna T210L airplane, N210HH, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near New Braunfels, Texas. The private pilot sustained no injuries and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.
The pilot reported that he and a passenger departed on a flight about 0830 from the Midland Airpark (MDD), near Midland, Texas, and were enroute to the New Braunfels Regional Airport, near New Braunfels, Texas, (BAZ). He stated that he had performed the "standard" pre-flight checks that included confirming the airplane had about 70 gallons of fuel based on 3 different factors. He and the airplane owner discussed the amount of fuel in the airplane when it was flown last and the owner thought it was full. During the preflight inspection, the pilot noted that the fuel gauges were showing about 70 gallons available. The pilot, in part, stated, "Additionally, I visually inspected both tanks and saw that they were about even and while not completely full, they were close to full." When further asked if he used a stick to verify the fuel level, he stated, "I did not 'stick' the tanks. They appeared to visually match the gauges." To verify the level of fuel the pilot stated, "I used the step on the airplane that is there to stand on and look into the tanks." He stated that the grade of the ramp surface during the preflight was flat.
The flight cruised about 7,500 ft msl. The pilot started a descent to remain clear of the clouds and checked the weather at BAZ. There were broken clouds below 3,900 ft with a ceiling of about 3,500 ft. When the pilot called the BAZ air traffic control tower, he was advised that weather conditions required him to file an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan.
The pilot filed a flight plan and subsequently discussed the approach type with an approach controller. The pilot elected an area navigation (RNAV) approach for runway 17, was cleared to fly to a fix on the RNAV 17 approach, and was cleared to climb to 3,000 ft. The pilot programed the RNAV 17 approach in the GPS and headed to the assigned fix.
During the climb, the pilot noticed that the airspeed was decreasing and the engine was not producing normal power. The pilot performed an emergency checklist, and subsequently initiated a descent to an altitude where he could see the ground.
The pilot continued with emergency checklists, which included selecting the fullest tank, and activating the auxiliary fuel pump. However, he was unable to increase engine power. The engine remained at 2,500 RPM.
Upon exiting the clouds, the pilot reduced the airplane's descent rate and evaluated forced landing options. The pilot advised approach control of his decision to land in a field at the end of Canyon Lake. After he realized the flight would not reach the field, the pilot elected to land on the lake with the landing gear intentionally retracted.
The pilot picked a spot in the lake that was clear of boats and trees. Upon reaching a few feet above the water, the pilot "killed the motor," flared to bleed off speed, and kept the airplane's nose up.
The passenger, in part, stated, "During the landing, I hit my head on the yoke, fell back into my chair, and then tried [to] make my way out of the plane."
The pilot and passenger exited through the windows and subsequently swam to the shore.




Revision history:

28-Apr-2020 17:36 Geno Added
28-Apr-2020 17:39 Geno Updated [Source]
28-Apr-2020 17:54 Geno Updated [Phase, Source]
28-Apr-2020 18:09 Geno Updated [Narrative]
28-Apr-2020 22:01 RobertMB Updated [Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
28-Apr-2020 23:29 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Sep-2020 13:52 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
02-Sep-2020 14:00 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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