Monday, September 17, 2018

Cirrus SR22, operated by Monterey Realty Development LLC, N161DL: Accident occurred September 16, 2018 at Montauk Airport (KMTP), Suffolk County, New York

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

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Montauk, NY
Accident Number: ERA18LA253
Date & Time: 09/16/2018, 1606 EDT
Registration: N161DL
Aircraft: Cirrus SR22
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 16, 2018, at 1606 eastern daylight time, a Cirrus SR22, N161DL, was substantially damaged during collision with trees and terrain during takeoff from Montauk Airport (MTP), Montauk, New York. The pilot was not injured, and a passenger sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight, which was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot provided a written statement and was interviewed by telephone. He said he completed the preflight inspection, engine run-up, and before-takeoff checks with no anomalies noted, and then positioned the airplane for takeoff from runway 24. The pilot advanced the throttle and tracked the runway centerline during the takeoff roll.

At rotation, the pilot's seat "abruptly slid backwards to the outermost distance from the controls." The pilot said that he could no longer reach the pedals to maintain directional control, and that aileron input was inadequate to counteract the airplane's left-turning tendency. The airplane departed the left side of the runway, struck trees and shrubs, and came to rest upright.

The pilot stated that he had adjusted his seat prior to the flight "as normal" and had never had difficulty with the seat at any time in the past. He added that this was the third Cirrus SR22 that he had owned and had no history of seat issues with either of his previous two airplanes.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single engine land and instrument airplane. His most recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third class medical certificate was issued January 4, 2018. He reported 750 total hours of flight experience, all of which was in the accident airplane make and model.

According to FAA records, the airplane was manufactured in 2014. Its most recent annual inspection was completed October 15, 2017 at 187.9 total aircraft hours.

At 1654, the weather recorded at MTP included clear skies and variable winds at 4 knots. The temperature was 24°C, and the dew point was 19°C. The altimeter setting was 30.21 inches of mercury.

Examination of photographs revealed that the wings, fuselage, and empennage all sustained substantial impact damage. An FAA inspector who responded to the site said he could not enter the cockpit, as the door was either locked or impinged by impact damage.

The airplane was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cirrus
Registration: N161DL
Model/Series: SR22 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Monterey Realty Development LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMTP, 7 ft msl
Observation Time: 2054 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Montauk, NY (MTP)
Destination: East Hampton, NY (HTO)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  41.076667, -71.920556 (est)

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