NTSB Identification: ATL05FA048.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, February 01, 2005 in Shallotte, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/2005
Aircraft: Cessna T210M, registration: C-GVVS
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Minor.
NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The private pilot stated he was on a night cross country flight at 2,500 feet flight following with air traffic control. "All of a sudden the engine started to sputter. I tried the throttle control back and forth a few times, then the engine just seemed to run at 700-800 rpm. The throttle adjustments didn't make any difference." The airplane started descending rapidly and he made a forced landing to a highway. The right wing of the airplane collided with a tree and the ground. When the airplane came to a stop, the pilot noticed the airplane was on fire. The pilot was unable to get the passenger out of the airplane and had to exit the airplane due to the fire. Examination of the airframe, flight controls, and engine assembly and accessories revealed no anomalies.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The partial loss of engine power for undetermined reasons. Full narrative available
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