Accident Cessna P210N Centurion N4817K,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 163100
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Date:Wednesday 8 January 2014
Type:Silhouette image of generic P210 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna P210N Centurion
Owner/operator:Performance Associates Inc
Registration: N4817K
MSN: P21000333
Year of manufacture:1979
Total airframe hrs:5898 hours
Engine model:Continental TSIO-520 SER
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Stevens Field Airport (KPSO), Pagosa Springs, CO -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Pagosa Springs, CO (PSO)
Destination airport:Pagosa Springs, CO (PSO)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The private pilot and his two passengers departed on a local pleasure flight. Right after takeoff, engine oil covered the windscreen and the engine began to lose power. According to a video of the accident, the pilot made a tear-drop turn in an attempt to land on the opposite runway. The airplane lost altitude during the turn and the pilot overshot the runway. The pilot said that as he crossed over the runway, he reduced power to idle. As the pilot attempted to turn back toward the runway, he turned off the master switch. The airplane descended quickly and landed adjacent to the runway in packed snow. The airplane landed hard on the main landing gear and with the right wing low before it slid for about 300 feet resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage and right wing. The landing gear, right flap, left wing tip, and all three propeller blades were also damaged. Postaccident examination of the engine revealed the oil filler cap was not secured to the oil filler neck. The pilot said this was the first flight after the oil had been changed by a maintenance facility. He did not check the oil filler cap before the flight because it was not required per the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved preflight inspection checklist.
Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate preflight inspection which led to a loss of oil pressure and partial loss of engine power on takeoff. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's failure to check the security of the oil filler cap prior to the flight.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN14CA106
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


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Revision history:

09-Jan-2014 17:24 Geno Added
19-Mar-2014 23:38 Geno Updated [Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 13:21 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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