NTSB Identification: CHI05LA079.
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Accident occurred Thursday, March 24, 2005 in Bronson, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/2006
Aircraft: Cessna 210E, registration: N2380F
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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The airplane sustained substantial damage when it nosed over during a forced landing following an in-flight loss of engine power. The pilot stated, "Additional fuel was added, all sumps drained with no water found. Owner/operator felt aircraft was safe for ferry flight to Three Rivers Airport (HAI). During take-off stage all gauges and instruments were operating in normal parameters. Approximately 4 [minutes] into flight aircraft began popping and back-firing along with power loss, electric fuel pump was turned on without any aid to engine performance. Operator initiated 180[degree] turn for return to airport of departure with airplane descending, operator only option was to land in corn field with soft dirt. Landing touch down speed was approximately 70 mph and at approximately a speed of 20 mph front wheel sank into dirt causing front wheel to break off, then front of engine cowling was riding on the dirt digging in, causing airplane to flip over." Subsequent to the accident, the pilot reported that water was found in the fuel sumps. Airplane logbooks show the last recorded annual inspection was completed on August 23, 2000. An examination of the wreckage detected no engine or airframe pre-impact anomalies. Federal Aviation Regulation 21.197 Special flight permits, in-part stated, "(a) A special flight permit may be issued for an aircraft that may not currently meet applicable airworthiness requirements but is capable of safe flight, for the following purposes: (1) Flying the aircraft to a base where repairs, alterations, or maintenance are to be performed, or to a point of storage." There was no ferry flight permit on file with the Federal Aviation Administration for this flight.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's inadequate preflight preparation which failed to detect contaminated fuel that led to a loss of engine power. The unsuitable terrain encountered was a factor. Full narrative available
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