As The Pilot Attempted To Increase The Throttle Input, The Engine Did Not Respond

Location: Englewood, CO Accident Number: CEN22LA137
Date & Time: March 8, 2022, 14:17 Local Registration: N210GE
Aircraft: Cessna P210N Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation – Personal

On March 8, 2022, at 1417 mountain standard time, a Cessna P210N airplane, N210GE, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Englewood, Colorado. The pilot and flight instructor both sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that the flight was cleared for an instrument approach as they neared the intended destination airport. The initial portion of the approach was uneventful. After contacting the control tower, the controller requested that they sidestep to the parallel runway for landing. The runway approach thresholds were not aligned, and the glide path needed to be extended. As the pilot attempted to increase the throttle input, the engine did not respond. He subsequently realized the engine had lost power. The flight instructor noted that there were no indications the engine had lost power – no vibration, coughing, or sputtering. The airplane was unable to glide to the runway, and the flight instructor executed a forced landing to the center median area of an interstate highway.

The accident site was located about one-half mile short of the runway threshold. A postimpact fire consumed portions of the forward fuselage and cabin area. Postrecovery airframe and engine exams are planned.