NTSB Identification: SEA06LA185.
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Accident occurred Friday, September 22, 2006 in Delta, UT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/2007
Aircraft: Cessna T210M, registration: N732PC
Injuries: 1 Minor.
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The pilot said the airplane was climbing through 13,200 feet, on an IFR clearance, in instrument meteorological conditions, when the engine "choked once" and immediately quit operating. He said there was approximately 1/2 inch of rime ice, or more, on the airplane. He established a best-glide airspeed, and selected the closest airport on his GPS. As he broke out of the clouds, at approximately 8,000 feet, he saw the airport in front of him. He attempted an engine restart with no success. During the restarting attempt, he did not use the auxiliary fuel pump to prime the engine as specified in the "Engine Failure During Flight" checklist in the Pilot Operating Handbook. The pilot said he flew directly to the middle of the airport, instead of setting up for a landing. As he approached the airport, he put the landing gear down. He realized that he was at a low altitude, approximately 750 feet above the ground, but attempted to make a 180 degree turn to the airport beneath him. He landed in a field, and rolled into the airport's perimeter fence. The airplane nosed over, damaging the vertical stabilizer, the right wing, and the fuselage. During the postaccident examination of the airplane, an engine ground run was successfully performed. No preaccident anomalies were identified with the airplane or engine.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: A loss of engine power for an undetermined reason during cruise flight.
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