Monday, July 02, 2018

Cirrus SR22, N615EM: Accident occurred June 29, 2018 at Columbia County Airport (1B1), Ghent, New York

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albany, New York

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Hudson, NY
Accident Number: GAA18CA420
Date & Time: 06/29/2018, 2145 EDT
Registration: N615EM
Aircraft: CIRRUS SR22
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Wildlife encounter (non-bird)
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

According to the pilot, following a night visual flight rules cross-country flight, he over flew the destination airport at 1,500ft AGL and set up a normal approach.

Just prior to touchdown he saw a deer enter the runway from the right and collide with the left main landing gear. The left main landing gear separated from the airplane. As the airplane settled, the left wing struck the runway and the airplane veered left. The airplane exited the left side of the runway and collided with a drainage culvert.

The airplane sustained substantial damage the left wing spar and the left main landing gear attachment points.

The airport facility directory does not contain a note to caution that deer are in the vicinity of the airport.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 31, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/04/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/20/2018
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 680.2 hours (Total, all aircraft), 113.8 hours (Total, this make and model), 633.3 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 53.4 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 14.5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1.9 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Registration: N615EM
Model/Series: SR22 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 3682
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/16/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 880 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-550-N
Registered Owner: Ginther Associates LLC
Rated Power: 310 hp
Operator: Ginther Associates LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDDH, 826 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 41 Nautical Miles
Observation Time:
Direction from Accident Site: 29°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 18°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: College Park, MD (CGS)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Hudson, NE (1B1)
Type of Clearance: IFR; VFR
Departure Time: 2003 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Columbia County (1B1)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 198 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 21
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5350 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  42.291389, -73.710278 (est)

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