Friday, June 30, 2017

Cirrus SR22 X Turbo, N744TC, Sterling Silver Aviation LLC: Accident occurred June 30, 2017 in Dixon, Solano County, California

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.
Additional Participating Entity:  
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Sterling Silver Aviation LLC:

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA137
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 30, 2017 in Dixon, CA
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR22, registration: N744TC
Injuries: 2 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 June 30, 2017, about 1105 Pacific daylight time, a Cirrus Design Corporation SR-22, N744TC, sustained substantial damage following a loss of engine power and subsequent airframe parachute deployment near Dixon, California. The private pilot and one passenger sustained minor injuries. The pilot/owner was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The cross-country personal flight departed San Jose, California, about 1030 with a planned destination of Reno, Nevada. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot reported that the oil pressure began to fluctuate, and then the engine lost power. He attempted to glide to a nearby airport, but realized that the airplane would not make it to the runway. He deployed the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) and descended into a vineyard. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wing assembly.

DIXON -- Dixon fire officials are responding to a downed aircraft in a rural area of Solano County, north of Dixon. Investigators say the pilot and passenger, a man and woman in their 40s, were uninjured after landing in a vineyard. The family that owns the property said they saw a parachute and came to see what happened.

The Cirrus SR22 X Turbo plane was heading from Morgan Hill to Oregon when it experienced engine failure. Solano County Sheriff's Deputy Cully Pratt reports the pilot was attempting to land the plane at the Yolo County Airport, however, the aircraft was losing altitude too quickly.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

WINTERS (CBS SF) — A small private plane crashed into a Solano County field Friday morning, but the two people aboard were able to walk away without any major injuries, authorities said.

The Solano County Sheriff’s Department said the crash took place in a farmer’s field near Putah Creek Rd. & Stevenson Bridge at about 11 a.m.

Witnesses told authorities they saw the plane float toward the ground with a large parachute deployed.

There were two people aboard the plane and they were unharmed in the crash.

The FAA was investigating the crash.

Just after 11 this morning Dixon Fire Department and Solano County Deputies responded to the area of Putah Creek Rd. & Stevenson Bridge, Winters on the report of a downed aircraft. 

A witness reported seeing a small airplane floating towards the ground with an attached parachute. 

Units arrived within minutes and found the downed aircraft; fortunately, both the pilot and his passenger were safe and unharmed. 

Deputies are currently standing by until FAA arrive to conduct their investigation.


  1. "Maybe another ICON A5?"

    LOL!!!! Ha! Ha! Ha!