Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Cirrus SR20, N101AD: Accident occurred March 06, 2018 at Harford County Airport (0W3), Churchville, Maryland

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:


Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Churchville, MD
Accident Number: ERA18LA098
Date & Time: 03/06/2018, 2117 EST
Registration: N101AD
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 6, 2018, about 2117 eastern standard time, a Cirrus Design Corp. SR20, N101AD, was destroyed during landing at Harford County Airport (0W3), Churchville, Maryland. The private pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries. Night, instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The flight was operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot stated that before departure he checked the weather using several online weather resources and found that the destination airport was reporting visual meteorological conditions. About 30 minutes prior to their arrival it started snowing. He descended from 9,500 ft to 4,000 feet, to get out of the snow and to warmer temperatures. After reaching 4,000 ft he continued to descend and encountered a temperature inversion. With snow continuing to accumulate on the airplane, he elected to divert and land at the closest airport. He landed at a slightly higher airspeed than normal and the airplane ballooned during touchdown and drifted off the side of the runway, impacting two equipment trucks.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed the engine and the tail had separated from the airframe, and there was damage to the left wing.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. The four-seat, low wing airplane was manufactured in 2002 and was equipped with a Continental IO-360, 200-horsepower reciprocating engine.

The weather conditions reported at Phillips Army Airfield (APG), Aberdeen, Maryland, about 6 miles south of the accident site, included wind from 160° at 12 knots, gusting to 17 knots, visibility 5 statute miles, light rain, temperature 4° C, dew point 2° C, and an altimeter setting of 29.91 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP
Registration: N101AD
Model/Series: SR20 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAPG, 57 ft msl
Observation Time: 2103 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 4°C / 2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots/ 17 knots, 160°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 1100 ft agl
Visibility:  5 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: CALHOUN, GA (CZL)
Destination:  MOUNT HOLLY, NJ (VAY) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  39.566944, -76.202500

HARFORD COUNTY, MD — A plane with two people inside crashed near the Harford Airport in Aldino Tuesday evening, according to a Harford County emergency official. The crash happened before 9:30 p.m.

The aircraft crashed in the 3800 block of Aldino Road, according to Rich Gardiner, spokesman for the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association.

Nobody was injured, Gardiner said, and there were two people in the plane at the time.

There was no fire, and there were not any road closures as a result of the plane crash, he added.

According to Gardiner, the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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