14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 06, 2012 in Birmingham, AL
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR22, registration: N80KW
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On October 6, 2012, about 1215 central daylight time, a Cirrus SR22, N80KW, operated by a private individual, was substantially damaged during deployment of the Cirrus Airplane Parachute System (CAPS), following a loss of control during a missed approach at Birmingham International Airport (BHM), Birmingham, Alabama. The private pilot incurred minor injuries and the passenger was seriously injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Charles B Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC), Kansas City, Missouri; destined for BHM.
The pilot stated that while on the instrument landing system approach to runway 6 at BHM, he reported missed approach at 2,000 feet to the BHM air traffic control tower. The tower controller instructed the pilot to fly the runway heading; however, the pilot reported to the controller that he was unable due to weather. The tower controller then instructed the pilot to fly a heading of 180 degrees and climb to 4,000 feet. The pilot acknowledged the instruction and during the turn, lost control of the airplane. He then observed the altimeter indicating a descent through 1,700 feet and elected to deploy the CAPS. The airplane subsequently descended and came to rest in a commercial parking lot, about 2 miles south of BHM.
Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed damage to the fuselage and a puncture of the left wing near the left main landing gear.
The airplane was equipped with a remote data module (RDM), intended to record flight and engine parameters. The inspector recovered the RDM from the airplane and forwarded it to the NTSB Vehicle Recorders Laboratory, Washington, DC, for data download.
The recorded weather at BHM, at 1153, included an overcast ceiling at 700 feet above ground level (1350 feet above mean sea level).
IDENTIFICATION Regis#: 80KW Make/Model: SR22 Description: SR-22 Date: 10/06/2012 Time: 1717 Event Type: Incident Highest Injury: None Mid Air: N Missing: N Damage: Unknown LOCATION City: BIRMINGHAM State: AL Country: US DESCRIPTION AIRCRAFT CRASHED UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES. BIRMINGHAM, AL INJURY DATA Total Fatal: 0 # Crew: 1 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk: # Pass: 1 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk: # Grnd: Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk: OTHER DATA Activity: Unknown Phase: Unknown Operation: OTHER FAA FSDO: BIRMINGHAM, AL (SO09) Entry date: 10/09/2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) - Following the crash we wanted to learn more about the parachute that kept both of the planes occupants alive.
So we turned to the Birmingham Flight Center where the experts here train pilots to deal with just this kind of situation.
What we learned is that parachutes in small aircraft are not common, but fortunately for Billy Sprague and his passenger... they were flying in a Cirrus airplane which uses the technology exclusively.
Flight instructor Mitch McCommons explains, "Well the Cirrus parachute is a rocket propelled parachute that is stored in the tail of the aircraft... and when you pull the handle a rocket propels the parachute out of the back of the aircraft and it just carries the airplane down it just carries the plane down. It's in a slightly nose low attitude and you are falling at about 1500 feet-per-minute. It works pretty well. it's a lot better than alternative.
You can learn more about the Birmingham Flight Center by calling 205-849-7742 or by clicking here.
You can hear more from Mitch McCommons regarding the parachute technology and training for these kinds of situation below.
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