NYC01LA101
NYC01LA101

On April 14, 2001, about 1045 eastern daylight time, a Cessna T210N, N6359Y, was substantially damaged during an aborted landing at Kent State University Airport, Kent, Ohio. The certificated flight instructor and private pilot received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the instructional flight. No flight plan had been filed for the flight that was conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.

According to the flight instructor, he had been asked by the pilot to fly with him and help him with his landings. The flight originated from Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, Ohio, and proceeded to Portage County Airport, Ravenna, Ohio, for practice. After performing a series of landings there, the airplane proceeded to Kent for additional practice.

According to the pilot:

"We were on approach [to runway 19] at normal speed (85 knots). The wind was relatively calm at that point. The flare was high and we bounced, at which point the wind gusted from the west [right]. We drifted toward the east [left] edge of the runway. The instructor made the decision to go around and hit the throttle. We didn't gain sufficient altitude to successfully go around, so the instructor throttled back so we can land on the airport grounds adjacent to the runway. We hit a muddy patchy in the bottom of a swale, at which point the nose wheel snapped off and we slid to a stop in the grass. We shut the engine down and got out of the aircraft under our own power."

According to the flight instructor:

"At approximately 10:45 am doing x-wind landing at KSU [1G3] airport, pilot allowed A/C to stray left of center. Pilot tried to correct and A/C continued to settle left off runway. Attempted full throttle go-around. However, A/C continued to settle off runway. Decision to pull throttle out and forced landing made in grass area off runway. A/C rolled in grass until contacting swale with mud/water. A/C nose gear collapsed and A/C came to a stop."

The flight instructor reported that the aborted landing was initiated with landing flaps and the landing gear extended. The pilot advanced the throttle. Further, when the flight instructor made a determination the airplane was not climbing, he closed the throttle. When asked if he had verified the throttle position during the aborted landing, and prior to closing the throttle, the flight instructor reported that he had not.

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