Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Macomb Municipal Airport

Macomb, Illinois 61455
Wednesday, March 1, 2000 19:00 CST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
A Cessna 210 sustained substantial damage on impact with rough terrain during a forced landing following an in-flight loss of power. The pilot rated passenger reported minor injuries and the pilot was uninjured. A bank repossessed the airplane. The bank was informed that the engine was reportedly making metal. The bank's broker requested a ferry permit from the FAA for being out of annual only. An aircraft purchase agreement was completed between the bank, the aircraft broker, and the pilot rated passenger for the buyer of record. The agreement stated, 'Aircraft sold as-is, where is.' The bank's representative said that no representations were made to the purchasers, that no reports of the airplane status were passed on to the purchasers, and that the ferry permit was faxed to his location. A special flight permit limitation stated that '1. Carriage of persons other than essential crewmembers is prohibited.' The accident pilot said that his medical certificate had been expired at the time of the accident. The pilot rated passenger was an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic. The passenger endorsed the airplane's logbook, 'I have inspected this aircraft [and] found it to be airworthy for a one time ferry flight in accordance with this ferry permit.' The accident engine was examined and found to have a hole in its case near the number two cylinder. Disassembly revealed silver colored and silver and copper colored debris in the oil sump pan. The oil screen assembly was found secured by twisted safety wire. That safety wire was coated with oil like substance and a dust like substance was found adhering those twists. The screen and oil cooler contained debris. The crankshaft's cheek was found separated between the number two connecting rod and the number two main bearing. The cheek was discolored and deformed. The number two main bearing was found with its left half not in place. The aft crankshaft section was sent to the Materials Laboratory for detailed examination. The lab report stated, 'Fracture features for the fatigue region emanated from multiple origins on the surface of the aft radius of the second main journal, with primary initiation approximately in the center of the origin area. The boundary of the fatigue region was obliterated by mechanical damage. The surface of the aft second main journal cheek radius was scored and burnished. Ladder cracks were also observed in the cheek radius.'
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
the inadequate maintenance inspection prior to the ferry flight by the pilot/mechanic rated passenger who endorsed the airplane as airworthy, the shift in the number two main bearing left half, and the fractured crankshaft. A factor was the rough/uneven terrain and the ferry permit's procedures not followed by the pilot in command.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date3/1/2000 
Event Day of the WeekWednesday 
Time of Event1900 
Event Time ZoneCentral Standard Time 
Event CityMACOMB  
Event StateILLINOIS 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site61455  
Event Date Year2000 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude-- 
Event Location Longitude-- 
Event Location AirportMACOMB MUNICIPAL AIRPORT  
Event Location Nearest Airport IDMQB  
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOff Airport/Airstrip 
Distance from airport in statute miles
Degrees magnetic from airport270 
Airport Elevation705 
Weather Briefing CompletenessNot pertinent 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1853 Central Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)309 
Weather Observation Facility IDBRL  
Elevation of weather observation facility698 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)17 
Time Zone of the weather observationCST 
Lighting ConditionsDusk 
Lowest Ceiling Height
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsClear 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)-1 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)290 
Variable Wind IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator Unknown 
Wind Gust IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Gust (knots)
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 30 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of PrecipitationUnknown 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryMinor 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries
On Ground, Minor Injuries
On Ground, Serious Injuries
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor
Injury Total None
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)580 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification DateMar 1 2000 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time2210 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationIMAGE 
Date of most recent change to recordApr 21 2001 4:04AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN9552T 
NTSB NumberCHI00LA085  
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameCessna  
Aircraft Model210  
Aircraft Series Identifier210  
Aircraft Serial Number57352  
Certified Max Gross Weight2900 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearRetractable 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionFeb 5 1999 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection-- 
Airframe Hours-- 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteUnknown 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameCATHERINE JOHNSON  
Aircraft Owner Street Address8109 COZYCROFT  
Aircraft Owner CityWINNETKA  
Aircraft Owner StateCA 
Aircraft Owner Country  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode91306  
Operator is an individual?-- 
Operator Name  
Operator Same as Owner?No 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?No 
Operator Street Address  
Operator City  
Operator State  
Operator Country  
Operator Zip code  
Operator Code  
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 OperationUnknown 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Ferry 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport CodeJOT  
Departure CityJOLIET  
Departure StateIL 
Departure Country  
Departure Time1730 
Departure Time ZoneCST 
Destination Same as Local Flt-- 
Destination Airport CodeICT  
Destination CityWHICHITA  
Destination StateKS 
Destination Country  
Specific Phase of FlightCruise 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordApr 21 2001 4:04AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location0  
Runway Length-- 
Runway Width-- 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--