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1960  Cessna  210A 
S/N 21057579    N6579X

Report Created: 12/31/2008
Report Updated: 12/31/2008

 Accident / Incident Search: A total of 2 Accident(s) and 0 Incident(s) in public records for this aircraft
 337 Reports: A total of 1 337 reported on PF Reports for this aircraft for repairs
 AD's: A total of 6 Airframe AD's reported on PF Reports for this aircraft for repairs
 Service Difficulty Report0 SDRs reported on PF Reports for this aircraft
 N# History Data1 known registration number(s) have been registered to this aircraft
 Current Owner: Registered owner prior to cancellation: Scott A. Crossfield
 FAA Documents: Entire FAA Aircraft Document
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NTSB Identification: CHI06MA115.
The docket is stored in the Docket Management System (DMS). Please contact Records Management Division
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 19, 2006 in Ludville, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 9/27/2007
Aircraft: Cessna 210A, registration: N6579X
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

The airplane flew into an area of severe thunderstorms identified as a mesoscale convective system (or "MCS") with intense to extreme intensities during cruise flight at 11,000 feet then descended rapidly and impacted the terrain. The on-scene investigation revealed no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have prevented the normal operation of the airplane or its systems.

The airplane entered the severe convective weather; the pilot then requested and received clearance from the air traffic controller to initiate a turn to escape the weather. The airplane was lost from radar about 30 seconds after the pilot initiated the turn. Before the airplane entered the weather, the controllers radar scope depicted a band of moderate to extreme weather along the accident airplanes projected flightpath that was consistent with an embedded, heavy-precipitation, supercell-type thunderstorm; however, the controller did not provide the pilot with any severe weather advisories and did not advise the pilot of the weather depicted on his radar scope.

Although Federal Aviation Administration directives state that controllers should give first priority to separating aircraft and issuing safety alerts, the directives further state that controllers should use good judgment and first perform the action that is most critical from a safety standpoint. Review of air traffic communications and radar data identified no air traffic control (ATC) radar limitations, no excessive traffic, no radio frequency congestion, and no controller workload issues that would have prevented the controller from issuing pertinent weather information to the accident pilot. On the basis of the controllers workload and available resources, he should have recognized that the adverse weather represented an immediate safety hazard to the accident flight and should have provided appropriate advisories to the pilot.

The pilot obtained several weather briefings before departure. At that time, the current weather along the route of flight showed significant convective activity and a moving squall line, and the forecast predicted significant thunderstorm activity along the planned route of flight. The pilot also discussed the weather with an acquaintance, mentioning that he might need to work his way around some weather. On the basis of the weather information obtained by the pilot and his comments regarding the weather, the pilot was aware before departure that he would likely encounter adverse weather along the planned route of flight; however, by the time the airplane encountered the weather, the pilot had been airborne for over an hour and had not requested any updated weather information from air traffic controllers. The airplane was equipped with a BF Goodrich WX-950 Stormscope, which has some ability to depict the location and frequency of lightning strikes in the vicinity of the airplane; however, the investigation could not determine if and how this equipment may have been used during the flight. The airplane was not configured to display satellite weather information on its global positioning systems.

In October 2006, the National Transportation Safety Board issued Safety Alert SA-11, "Thunderstorm Encounters," as a result of this accident and three other fatal accidents that involved in-flight encounters with severe weather. The safety alert addresses ATC involvement in these accidents. The alert also states that IFR pilots need to actively maintain awareness of severe weather along their route of flight, and it provides suggestions to assist pilots in avoiding involvement in similar accidents. The safety alert can be found at the Safety Boards Web site at

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

The pilots failure to obtain updated en route weather information, which resulted in his continued instrument flight into a widespread area of severe convective activity, and the air traffic controllers failure to provide adverse weather avoidance assistance, as required by Federal Aviation Administration directives, both of which led to the airplanes encounter with a severe thunderstorm and subsequent loss of control.

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NTSB Identification: IAD79DIA17
14 CFR Part 91 General Aviation
Event occurred Monday, August 21, 1978 in BASYE, VA
Aircraft: CESSNA 210, registration: N6579X

 FILE    DATE          LOCATION          AIRCRAFT DATA       INJURIES       FLIGHT                        PILOT DATA
                                                               F  S M/N     PURPOSE
3-4062  78/8/21    BASYE,VA            CESSNA 210          CR-  0  0  1  NONCOMMERCIAL             PRIVATE, AGE 46, 158
        TIME - 1420                    N6579X              PX-  0  0  0  PLEASURE/PERSONAL TRANSP  TOTAL HOURS, 61 IN TYPE,
                                       DAMAGE-SUBSTANTIAL  OT-  0  0  0                            NOT INSTRUMENT RATED.
          FREDERICK,MD                BASYE,VA
        TYPE OF ACCIDENT                                         PHASE OF OPERATION
           HARD LANDING                                             LANDING: LEVEL OFF/TOUCHDOWN
           GEAR COLLAPSED                                           LANDING: ROLL

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FAA records show no incidents for this aircraft

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There are (1) 337 forms on file for major repairs to this aircraft

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Please verify with entries made in log books, and last annual AD record
2004-19-0111/01/2004Upper shoulder harness adjusters
97-01-1302/03/1997Fuel, Oil and Hydraulic Hoses
87-20-03 R209/24/1990Seat Tracks
76-14-07 R208/28/1985Landing Gear Saddles
76-04-0101/27/1977Main Gear Extension
66-19-0208/14/1966Fuel System

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FAA records shows No SD Report

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Current Owner:
Aircraft Registration prior to Deregistration

CityHERNDON             State     VIRGINIA            Zip Code     20171-2009

Previous Owners:
John C. Newman
Gerry S. Newman
McLean, VA
John C. Newman
Mclean, VA

Harvey N. Monroe
Elizabeth H. Monroe
Bethesda, MD

John L. Frothingham
Philadelphia, PA
Mercury Aviation Corporation
Cleveland, OH
Stephen N. Nigolian
Albert M. Zetel
Cleveland, OH
Oliver E. Seikel
Rocky River, OH
Crow, Inc.
Swanton, OH
Raymond A. Ebbing
Sagamore Hills, OH
General Aviation, Inc.
Willoughby, OH
The Cessna Aircraft Company
Factory New

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FAA records show the aircraft was never foreign registered

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This aircraft was deregistered on December 5, 2008 by the widow of Scott A. Crossfield because they aircraft was reported totally destroyed or scrapped.

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