Accident Cessna T210 N5279A,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 292712
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Date:Wednesday 4 January 2006
Time:19:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C210 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna T210
Owner/operator:Basin Aviation, Inc
Registration: N5279A
MSN: 21063344
Year of manufacture:1979
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Midland, Texas -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:San Antonio International Airport, TX (SAT/KSAT)
Destination airport:Midland, TX
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
While in cruise flight at an altitude of 6,500 feet, the 1,150-hour commercial pilot noticed a rise in engine oil temperature. The pilot opened the cowl flaps and increased the mixture control, which reduced the EGT and the CHT. Approximately 5 minutes later, the engine started "running rough and sparks appeared from the cowling with loud bangs." The pilot shut-down the engine and extended the landing gear for a forced landing on a road. The airplane was unable to make the road and during the night forced landing in a mesquite covered field, the airplane sustained structural damage. An examination of the engine revealed that several of the engine's connecting rods had failed and the number one piston was found to be eroded.

Probable Cause: The loss of engine power due to a connecting rod failure. Contributing factors were the dark night conditions and the lack of suitable terrain for the forced landing.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report



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