Saturday, October 21, 2017

Cirrus SR22T GTS, N3636E: Accident occurred October 20, 2017 at San Carlos Airport (KSQL), San Mateo County, California

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Jose, California
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama
Cirrus Design Corp; Duluth, Minnesota

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: WPR18LA012
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, October 20, 2017 in San Carlos, CA
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR22T, registration: N3636E
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 October 20, 2017, at 1756 Pacific daylight time, a Cirrus Design Corp SR22T GTS, N3636E, struck a ditch at the end of the runway following an aborted takeoff from San Carlos Airport, San Carlos, California. The private pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The cross-country personal flight was departing with a planned destination of Santa Monica Municipal Airport, Santa Monica, California. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot reported that after being cleared for takeoff by the tower controller, he began the takeoff roll, and initiated the rotation at a speed of about 75 to 77 knots. Immediately after the airplane took off, he perceived a change in engine power. He did not look at the engine instruments to gauge the power change, but the airplane did not climb as expected. With runway remaining he decided to abort the takeoff by reducing the engine throttle, and applying full braking effort. The airplane passed beyond the runway threshold, into a ditch, and came to rest on the airport perimeter road.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the forward fuselage and both wings during the accident sequence, and both the pilot and passenger were able to egress unaided.

SAN CARLOS — Two people were hurt Friday night when their single-engine airplane shot off a runway and through a fence at the San Carlos Airport, according to authorities.

The mishap occurred just before 6 p.m. as the pilot of the Cirrus SR22T tried to take off, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer. 

The aircraft ultimately came to a rest on a street adjacent to the airport, it’s nose touching the ground.

Sal Zuno, a spokesman for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed that two people onboard the airplane suffered minor injuries.

Additional details about the incident were not available.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will conduct an investigation into the incident, Kenitzer said.

The airport, located at 620 Airport Drive, is home to about 500 aircraft and more than 25 aviation-related businesses, according to its website. Last year, it saw at least 130,000 operations, or take-offs and landings.

Original article can be found here ➤

SAN CARLOS, Calif. (KGO) -- Officials are investigating after a small plane crashed at the San Carlos Airport on Friday afternoon.

Officials say the accident happened as the aircraft, a Cirrus SR22T, ran off the end of the runway while attempting to depart. 

The aircraft went through a fence and came to rest in the street near Skyway Road, which runs parallel to Highway 101.

Emergency crews are on the scene to determine what may have caused the pilot to crash.

It is unknown at this time how many people were on board.

No injuries have been reported at this time.

Story and video ➤

AN CARLOS, Calif. (KTVU) - There are reports of a small plane crash landing in San Carlos this evening. 

Federal Aviation Administration's office of communications said that two people were onboard a Cirrus SR22T aircraft, but that local authorities say they were not injured. 

Photos posted on social media just after 6 p.m. show the plane upright on Skyway Road at Holly Street near the San Carlos Airport. 

First responders are on the scene. 

Federal Aviation Administration communications office said the aircraft ran off the end of the runway while attempting to depart.

The aircraft went through a fence and came to rest in the street. 

Original article can be found here ➤


Anonymous said...

Another Cirrus accident. What is it about that aircraft that is so hard for pilots to fly?

Gordon said...

To the dinosaurs, in fact, the Cirrus passed the full EASA spin certification testing process, requiring 60 demonstrated spins and recoveries. Another fact, the overall general aviation fatality rate is 1.09 fatal accidents per 100,000 hours. The Cirrus fatal accident rate is 0.70 fatal accidents per 100,000 hours. (Over the last 12 months, it is only 0.42.) You're entitled to your opinion, but not to your facts.

Anonymous said...

The Cirrus isn't quite the doctor killer, but it's pretty darn close :(

Anonymous said...

perhaps you missed the comment right above yours.... the fatals in Cirrus' are less than the rate of GA ..... do your homework before posting opinions and false facts...

Anonymous said...

Where do you people come from? The Cirrus has a 20 year safety record that is better than the sixty year old death trap you’re flying. And if you knew anything you’d know that it is the pilot that is the variable in GA accidents, not the plane. It’s all about training.

Anonymous said...

On top of it being questionable to attribute this to *pilot error* so quickly, pilot error is also an inadequate explanation. Pilots make errors all the time and it's pretty rare for that to result in an accident of this magnitude. The question is why was this particular error made, and why did it lead to this. Answer those questions and then you might have a probable cause.

Anonymous said...

To those unaware of the simple facts: The pilot was just certified this past June. The SR22T is a high performance aircraft and not really designed for a newbie. The airplane was delivered 9-28 of this year. San Carlos is a fairly short runway, 2600'. The Cirrus takes off with 50% flaps, the pictures from the scene clearly show no flap deployment. Lesson to the low time pilots out there. CheckList, CheckList, CheckList. The NTSB report will conclude: Low time inexperienced pilot in a plane out of his ability, not following published checklists on a short other words: PILOT ERROR.

PS: The Cirrus is one of the safest, most competent aircraft ever made for GA.

Howard J Feinstein

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more with Mr Feinstein. The Cirrus line is one of the safest, a very stable aircraft for most pilots. I've instructed in 20's through 22's in both VFR and IFR and have found the Cirrus to be one of the easiest for pilots to transition into and/or develop their advanced ratings. Of key point is the checklist, not unlike any other aircraft. I preach to all of my students that the checklist is the bible no matter how many hours you have, whether in type or what rating you have. I coin the phrase .. "If ithe checklist is mandated for the airlines and military, then it's mandated for you"".
This mishap very well could be attributed to a no flap takeoff and a low time pilot not recognizing diminished climb rate. Pulling back on the stick simply compounds the problem eventually leading to off runway accidents.
No matter what you fly, use the checklists throughout the spectrum of flight.

Rick Beach said...

Like Gordon posted, folks need to update their facts on Cirrus accident history. Lots of misinformation around. The anonymous poster referencing dead pilots in a Cirrus might do well to compare the history of other high-performance traveling machines. Cirrus does not have more post-impact fires. Not more fatal accidents, in fact fewer in the past four years. Not more inexperienced pilots. But certainly pilots with low time-in-type. Somehow, it seems fashionable and persistent to post such misinformed opinions on internet threads.


Rick Beach said...

One thing to realize is that Cirrus has produced 7000 airplanes in 18 years and sells 300 new ones every year. Consequently, there are a lot of airplanes that do not crash among a few that do. And as the plane with the parachute, a Cirrus accident often gets more news coverage than other types.


Rick Beach said...

As for the phrase "pilot error", please understand that the NTSB accident investigators do not use that phrase. They do say things like "pilot failed to maintain altitude..." or "pilot failed to maintain airspeed..." or "maintenance left something incomplete..."

As an aviation educator, it doesn't help to focus on "pilot error" because no one sets out to make a mistake. Rather, it seems to work better to focus on goals to "maintain proficiency" or "develop more effective aeronautical decision making"

In this accident, how would you avoid distractions and ensure that you started the take off roll with flaps set appropriately?


Anonymous said...

Low time private pilots (< ~ 500 hours) with no instrument rating owner operators that fly this type of HP aircraft need to always have an experienced CFI in the right seat. Things will happen much too quickly and often out of sequence that attribute to the “gotchas” too often seen. PLEASE USE YOUR CHECKLIST. Even if you use it as a do list. Additionally, these folks are always in a hurry and are their own worst enemy. I know, I have flown with too many of them from the South Bay Area. Lots of dinero – not much judgment. Not their fault, they just need much more aviation/flying experience to be safe. I have found “predictable outcome training” is the answer. Aviation is a different way of thinking. And many of them do not possess it yet. Oh, by the way, the new ACS type of training will not be sufficient; but a good start. My personal opinion.

10K hour + dual given

Anonymous said...

I was waiting at KSQL airport behind this Cirrus....was delayed for the ~7 hours it took them to disarm the CAPS rocket, defuel and lift the aircraft out of the runway safety area.

Per the pilot, he rotated as normal but felt the aircraft was not climbing well- he thought it wasn't making power. He elected to put it back down from 30-50 feet, but thought his sink rate was high so he gunned the motor right before touch down. Rolled off the runway end, over grass, across a berm and through a fence before coming to rest on the public road. Shut down everything along the western edge of the airport (Izzy's, Burger King, Surfair etc).

Looking at the photos here, any my own, I agree it appears no flaps deployed which would explain the pilots remarks. A more experienced pilot might have heard the engine making good power, put the nose down and flown out of it.

Unknown said...

Gordon...The fact is ... the only way the Cirrus did pass spin certification is with the parachute. I sold Cessna SIP against Cirrus for years and Cirrus was (is) a brilliant marketing machine. They took lemons (unable to pass spin cert.) and made lemonade (Cirrus is ONLY mass produced SIP with chute). Why ... not becasue that wanted to...but because they had to. Take away the chute and your fatality rate skyrockets. So...let's stick to the facts. Do some simple research and you'll see the facts. Bottom line ... cirrus ... apples cessna oranges

Mrs. Turner said...

But would there have been sufficient time/space for a successful fly-out to have been achieved? Reports indicate thw aircraft was only a few dozen feet from the ground when this unfortunate chain of events culminated in the accident.