Sunday, September 30, 2018

Cirrus SR22, N818GM: Accident occurred September 30, 2018 near Addison Airport (KADS), Dallas 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; Irving, Texas
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama
Cirrus Aircraft; Duluth, Minnesota

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Addison, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA392
Date & Time: 09/30/2018, 1121 CDT
Registration: N818GM
Aircraft: Cirrus SR22
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

On September 30, 2018, about 1121 central daylight time, a Cirrus SR22 airplane, N818GM, impacted terrain following a loss of engine power near Addison Airport (ADS), Dallas, Texas. The pilot and flight instructor were not injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which departed ADS about 1115 and was destined for Waco Regional Airport (ACT), Waco, Texas.

While on departure climb about 2,800 ft above mean sea level, the pilot and flight instructor noticed multiple avionics malfunctions and turned back toward ADS. During this turn, the engine lost total power and indications of a fire were noticed. After the flight instructor and pilot recognized the airplane was not within gliding distance of ADS or a suitable forced landing area, the pilot initiated the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS). The airplane descended under parachute into a parking lot and the main spar was damaged. On-site examination revealed the right side of the engine cowling was burned through near the exhaust system. The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cirrus
Registration: N818GM
Model/Series: SR22
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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDAL, 488 ft msl
Observation Time: 1139 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 160°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3500 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Dallas, TX (ADS)
Destination: Waco, TX (ACT)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: In-Flight
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  32.896944, -96.834167 (est)

The pilot of a single-engine plane made an emergency landing shortly after taking off from Addison Airport Sunday morning.

There were no injuries reported.

Shortly after taking off from Addison at around 11:15 a.m., the pilot of the Cirrus SR22 reported engine and instrument troubles, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. 

The pilot attempted to return to the airport but instead declared an emergency. The pilot told air traffic control the plane would not be able to make it back to Addison.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot deployed the Cirrus’ emergency parachute with the plane coming to rest near Alpha Road, about a mile and a half south of the airport.

Original article can be found here ➤


Anonymous said...

Slight engine fire.

BigTex said...

wow, a cirrus pilot who actually pulled the chute. Good for him.

Anonymous said...

I noticed the pilot side window busted out. I wonder if he did that to help clear smoke from the cockpit due to the engine fire? The chute worked as designed, glad everyone was OK.

Anonymous said...

why not just open the door rather than break the window?

Anonymous said...

Because the door would stay shut if it was still moving forward.

Anonymous said...

Take off your shoe and use it to prop open the door ... easy, convenient and simple.

Anonymous said...

I've tried to open a cirrus door while in flight, even at low cruise speeds it was extremely difficult to barely move it. I had to divert to another airport and slam the door shut. Shitty design or maintenance didn't fix it correctly.

If you're wondering why, the door latches in my model were finicky. They would seem latched but wouldn't be, you would know once in flight by all the slipstream noise.