Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri
Aviation Accident Factual Report / National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
NTSB Identification: GAA17CA046
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, October 23, 2016 in Kirksville, MO
Aircraft: CIRRUS SR22, registration: N528HB
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The recently certificated pilot reported that during the initial climb he heard a whistling noise and noticed that the passenger door was not secured. Subsequently, he returned to the departure airport to secure the door.
He added that during the landing flare, he believed that the wind decreased significantly, which resulted in him having "too much right rudder engaged". The airplane touched down 30° relative to center line, veered off the runway to the right, and the nose gear collapsed.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the firewall.
The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Local emergency services responded to the incident around 3 p.m. on Sunday at the airport.
According to Kirksville Regional Airport Director Glenn Balliew, the plane lost control while trying to land and slid into the grass area about 200 feet from the runway.
The pilot and passenger, Harry Bates, 61, and Leah Davis-Bates, 52, both of San Antonio, Texas, were not injured during the accident.
Balliew said the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the incident.