Monday, August 20, 2018

Cirrus SR22T, N1133T: Accident occurred August 19, 2018 at Granbury Regional Airport (KGDJ), Hood County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entities: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas, Texas
Cirrus; Duluth, Minnesota 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Granbury, TX

Accident Number: CEN18LA341
Date & Time: 08/19/2018, 2019 CDT
Registration: N1133T
Aircraft: Cirrus SR22
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 19, 2018, about 2019 central daylight time, a Cirrus SR22 T airplane, N1133T, impacted obstructions when the airplane exited runway 14 during a landing at the Granbury Regional Airport (GDJ), near Granbury, Texas. The private pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane sustained substantial wing and fuselage damage during the runway excursion. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Dusk visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from GDJ about 2149.

According to preliminary information, the purpose of the flight was to practice an instrument flight rules approach. The pilot checked all flight controls for full movement and then departed from runway 14 to the North. He set autopilot to intercept the area navigation approach to runway 14 at its initial approach fix. The auto pilot intercepted the approach normally and the airplane made a procedure turn to intercept the approaches' glidepath. The glidepath was flown down to minimums and a go around was established. The go around button was used which suspend the landing sequence on the computer. During the climb to 2,700 ft, a waypoint was set manually to reestablish computer sequencing. Upon arrival at the waypoint, the autopilot was disengaged using the panel autopilot button. The pilot subsequently proceeded into the downwind leg of the pattern for runway 14. All flight controls seemed to perform normally. The right-hand turn to base and right-hand turn to final were made normally. On final minimal rudder inputs were made. As the pilot started to flare, he started putting in more rudder inputs. However, he could not depress the left rudder pedal fully. The airplane touched down about 80 kts on the main landing gear while the pilot was holding all the left rudder he could. The airplane started to veer to the right and continued off the runway until impacting a ditch, fence, and tree. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cirrus
Registration: N1133T
Model/Series: SR22 T
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGDJ, 778 ft msl
Observation Time: 1935 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 120°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.84 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Granbury, TX (KGDJ)
Destination: Granbury, TX (KGDJ)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  32.444444, -97.816944 (est)

Granbury dentist Dr. Michael McCoy escaped serious injuries when the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed near the Granbury Regional Airport Sunday about dusk. He suffered a cut leg when climbing over a barbed-wire fence after the crash, good friend and DPS spokesman Dub Gillum said. Dr. McCoy, an experienced pilot, was practicing landings when the plane’s rudder malfunctioned, he told Gillum.

Original article can be found here ➤

1 comment:

  1. Blame the rudder?

    I mean it is entirely possible but likely? I think not.

    That's pretty lame.

    Time for the investigators to show up.