Accident Cessna 210 Centurion D-E..., Monday 11 August 1969
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Date:Monday 11 August 1969
Time:c. 21:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C210 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 210 Centurion
Registration: D-E...
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Grube Airfield -   Germany
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Dortmund airfield, Germany
Destination airport:Grube airfield, Germany
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
The sole occupant, a private pilot, was unfamiliar with the area. He was aware that his destination, Grube airfield had no radio operator, but he had announced his arrival prior to departure, so he assumed the airfield would provide lighting upon his approach, considering the rural area with few visual reference points and darkness. He kept his radio turned off for the flight.
Nearby Luebeck airfield's radio operation had closed for the day. The pilot was unsure of his position in relation to the airfield, but instead of contacting or diverting to Hamburg Airport, spotted small fires on the ground. He assumed that this would be the airfield position marker, laid out by airfield staff for him.
He started to descend and became confused when he still could not make out a runway.
By the time he realized that the fire was not the airfield marker, his aircraft had descended too low and struck trees and bushes. The wings separated and the aircraft came to rest on a dirt road. There was no post impact fire, but the pilot was drenched in kerosene and unable to escape the wreck. A group of tourists who had witnessed the crash freed him, Grube airfield's fire and rescue arrived on the scene minutes later.

Grube airfield staff had, when the flight had become overdue, contacted all nearby airports, airfields and aircraft, there had been no contact with the flight, however. Finally, airfield staff had scrambled several drivers to light up the runway with their car lights. This marker ws missed by the pilot, however, who had misinterpreted a few illegal straw fires on a nearby field as runway lighting.

The pilot was not injured. The aircraft was written off.


Newspaper Lübecker Nachrichten, 13.08.1969, Nr. 186: "Verhängnisvoller Irrtum: Stroh- und kein Landefeuer"


Revision history:

05-Feb-2021 17:36 Airfish86 Added
26-Jan-2022 12:34 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location]
27-Jul-2023 08:39 Anon. Updated

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