Preliminary Accident Reports

March 2000 Issue

Dec. 8, Elida, N.M. / Cessna 210

At 23:31 MST, a Cessna T210L on a Part 135 cargo flight crashed about 11 miles west of Elida, killing the pilot. The pilot was en route from Albuquerque, N.M., to Lubbock, Texas, and was cleared to descend from 13,000 feet to 11,000 feet. Shortly thereafter, he reported he was “picking up some ice,” and wanted to descend to 9,000 feet. After some delay, he was cleared to descend. After a while the controller told the pilot, “You’ve reversed direction,” and asked, “What’s going on?” The pilot replied he was “losing [his] instruments.” The controller advised the pilot of an airport at 5 o’clock “if you need to get down.” The pilot said he needed to get down, and he was instructed to turn to a...

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