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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 240514
Last updated: 2 December 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C210 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna T210N Turbo Centurion
Registration: N64EM
C/n / msn: 21063032
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:SE of Meadow Lake Airport (FLY/KFLY), Colorado Springs, CO -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Colorado Springs, CO (COS)
Destination airport:Peyton, CO (FLY)
Investigating agency: NTSB
On August 26, 2020, about 1137 mountain daylight time, a Cessna T210N airplane, N64EM, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Peyton, Colorado. The private pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.
According to initial information, between about 0830 and 0930, the airplane was flown in the airport traffic pattern at the Meadow Lake Airport (FLY), near Colorado Springs, Colorado. About 1011, the pilot flew the airplane about 20 minutes from FLY to the City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS), near Colorado Springs, Colorado, for service to the airplane's oxygen system. About 1125, the airplane departed COS on a return flight to FLY.
During the return flight, a flight instructor who was providing instruction in a slower airplane in the pattern at FLY stated that he remembered the accident airplane getting in between the airplane he was in and another slower airplane that was in trail for a landing on runway 33. The instructor felt that there was not much separation between the airplanes. The student and instructor turned the airplane from the base leg onto final and thought the accident airplane extended its downwind to make some room between the slower airplanes. After the student and instructor landed their airplane, they heard that the accident airplane had crashed south of the runway. The instructor turned around and saw plumes of black smoke and the student called 911.
The pilot in the slower trailing airplane stated that the accident airplane entered on the downwind between his airplane and the instructor's and student pilot's airplane. He saw that the accident airplane flew an extended downwind leg and overshot the runway while turning final. A crosswind was present relative to runway 33. The accident airplane increased its bank during that turn to final and pitched up. The accident airplane then impacted terrain, a "puff" of white smoke was observed, then a "fire ball", and black smoke. The airplane nosed over following the impact. The pilot said that the accident pilot made all "proper" radio calls without any mention of malfunctions and did not declare an emergency.
A witness near the accident site said that he saw the airplane's wings "wiggle" and thought that the airplane was going to crash. The airplane then nosed down and impacted terrain. The airplane was about 30 to 50 ft up in the air when it nosed down. The airplane dropped "straight" in. There was no fire or smoke from the airplane when it was in the air. The witness did not hear any engine "sounds". The nose landing gear separated on impact, bounced, and it came to rest by a fence line. The airplane slid on the ground from its initial impact point to its resting point and subsequently caught on fire.
The 46-year-old pilot reported that he had accumulated 207 hours of total flight time and 0 hours of flight in last six months before his last Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) examination for a third-class medical certificate dated December 2, 2019. The pilot was given a notice of disapproval after his initial attempt at a private pilot examination. According to a flight instructor who subsequently endorsed the accident pilot's private pilot retest, the accident pilot's areas of deficiency were the soft field takeoff and the short field landing. The instructor gave the accident pilot four additional instructional flights totaling 8.1 hours of flight time. The instructor did not recall the specifics of the instruction he gave the pilot. However, the pilot satisfactorily passed the retesting for his private pilot certificate on October 21, 2016.
According to initial information from a mechanic who performed maintenance on the accident airplane, the engine exhibited low cylinder compression readings during an annual inspection and cylinders were replaced. The mechanic subsequently flew the airplane with the pilot to seat the rings.
A fuel service receipt shows the accident airplane was fueled on August 26, 2020, about 0945, with


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Revision history:

26-Aug-2020 20:52 Geno Added
26-Aug-2020 21:25 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Aug-2020 21:44 Captain Adam Updated [Total fatalities, Embed code, Narrative]
27-Aug-2020 14:45 harro Updated [Registration, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
28-Aug-2020 05:46 RobertMB Updated [Nature, Destination airport, Source]
16-Sep-2020 08:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report]
16-Sep-2020 08:32 ASN Update Bot Updated [Source, Narrative]

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