Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Cirrus SR20, N782JR: Accident occurred October 23, 2018 at Greenville Downtown Airport (KGMU), South Carolina -and- Accident occurred March 26, 2017 at Cleveland Regional (KRZR), Bradley County, Tennessee

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Carolina

http://registry.faa.gov/N782JR

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA035
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 23, 2018 in Greenville, SC
Aircraft: Cirrus SR20, registration: N782JR

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Landed hard and veered off the runway into the grass.

Date: 23-OCT-18
Time: 15:19:00Z
Regis#: N782JR
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR20
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GREENVILLE
State: SOUTH CAROLINA


For the third time in less than three months, emergency responders rushed to the Greenville Downtown Airport for a reported plane crash.

No one was injured after an airplane veered off the north runway Tuesday morning. A month ago, two people were killed and two others were injured when it barreled down an embankment at the south end of the same runway. A month earlier, a small plane veered off the east-west runway and into a fence.

There hadn't been a crash since 2012 at the airport prior to that trio.

"It’s just snakebit bad luck," said Joe Frasher, the airport's director. "We’ve gone a very long time without anything and now three in three months. It’s ironic."

The pilot of a four-seat Cirrus SR20 aircraft went in for a landing around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday when he touched down on the runway but then skidded west into a grassy area near the airport tower, taking out a runway sign and windsock pole in the process.

A reason for the crash was not immediately known. There was no indication there were any emergencies prior to landing, said Frasher.

The pilot declined medical treatment at the scene, said Greenville Fire Department spokesman Tristan Johnson.

"He was not injured in any way although he said his ego was injured," Frasher said. "I think he landed and lost control during landing."

The landing was at 11:19 a.m. and the fire department was on scene by 11:21 a.m.

Johnson had previously said the pilot had indicated a problem in the air before landing, but Frasher said there was no notification to the airport prior to landing.

Audio from the air traffic control tower prior to the crash includes no indication that the pilot was experiencing any issues, according to a recording posted on LiveATC.net.

The flight originated in Charlotte, according to FlightAware.com. The pilot was the only person on board. A small fuel leak was found and quickly contained.

The plane is owned by AEROKAGAN, LLC, a company that was created in August with a home address in Charlotte. Both the property address and the registered agent for the company are in the name of Kenneth G. Kagan, according to Mecklenberg County and North Carolina Secretary of State records.

An individual by this name also appears in the Federal Aviation Administration's online airmen registry database, for which his medical certification is up to date and licensing valid for the single engine private plane that crashed in Greenville Tuesday.

Kagan has not been confirmed as the pilot who was flying the Cirrus SR20 aircraft when it crashed Tuesday.

Aircraft records show 70 flights since late July, primarily shorter flights taking off and landing at Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport in Union County, North Carolina. Records since July show Tuesday marked his first trip to Greenville Downtown Airport.

Kagan did not immediately respond to messages or phone calls seeking comment.

Pilot John Szpara, of California, said he witnessed the moments after the crash when a man climbed out of the plane.

“I saw him get out of the plane and walk away. He crawled out and some people ran out to help him,”Szpara said. “It looked like he was OK.”

Szpara comes to Greenville about once a year to visit, he said.

He was taxiing to another part of the airport when he passed the downed plane. It appeared that the pilot had run over runway signs, he said.

Two pilots were killed and two passengers were injured in a crash on Sept. 27 when a Dassault Falcon 50 came in for a landing but failed to stop. The fuselage broke in three places and emergency responders had to contain a fuel spill. The surviving passengers were the CEO of a Florida-based healthcare staffing company and her husband.

The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating that crash.

On August 3, another plane skidded off a runway and down an embankment. There were no injuries in that crash. Apart from the pilot, two passengers were on board the Beechcraft BE58 owned by the owners of downtown restaurant Halls Chophouse.

Frasher said in each case, there were no problems with the airport or airport operations.

"There was nothing wrong with the airport. It’s either been pilot error, or just purely an accident, but nothing that was caused by the airport," Frasher said.

Still, the fire department plans to evaluate its response and determine if personnel are needed at the airport full time.

“Minutes matter,” Johnson said. “Minutes save lives.”

Frasher said a fire station at the airport would be ideal but costly.

"We would love to have one on site, but ultimately, we don’t have the money to build it," he said.

Jerry Devito, of Greenville, said he comes to the airport on weekends to watch the planes. He came to the airport Tuesday after heard about the crash.

“It’s getting busier and busier every day. It really is” he said.

Devito came to the last crash site at the airport on September 27.

“Every now and then come here on weekends, watching them go up and down,” he said.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate Tuesday's crash.

Original article ➤ https://www.greenvilleonline.com






GREENVILLE, S.C. — A plane slid off the runway Tuesday when a pilot lost control while landing at the Greenville Downtown Airport, according to Airport Director Joe Frasher. 

Greenville police first reported that the plane had crashed at the airport.

The airport manager said the pilot did not declare any sort of emergency or issue with the plane.

The plane ended up on its belly with a broken wing in a grassy area near the airport's tower.

The pilot, from Charlotte, was not injured and was able to walk away, Johnson said.

Frasher said he believes the crash was pilot error.

The Cirrus SR20 left Monroe, North Carolina, at 10:35 a.m. and landed in Greenville at 11:19 a.m., according to FlightAware.com.

It was rented from a flight school, Frasher said.

Johnson said there was a small gas leak that has been cleaned up.

In September, a pilot and co-pilot were killed when a small jet broke in half after it went off the runway at the same airport.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.wyff4.com




GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) - A spokesman for the Greenville Fire Department said a pilot walked away unhurt after a plane crashed at the Greenville Downtown Airport Tuesday morning.

The crash was reported shortly before 11:30 a.m.

Firefighters said the single-engine plane crashed in the grass near a runway.

The pilot was the only person on board.

EMS responded but firefighters said the pilot was not hurt.

Officials said the pilot encountered mechanical issues while landing and called in an emergency landing just before the crash.

The plane was a Cirrus SR20 registered to an owner in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

The crash is the third at the Downtown Greenville Airport within the last three months, officials said.

Two people were killed when a plane ran off the runway and snapped in two at the downtown airport on September 27.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.foxcarolina.com

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee  

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Cleveland, TN
Accident Number: ERA17CA137
Date & Time: 03/26/2017, 1325 CDT
Registration: N782JR
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR20
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Aerodynamic stall/spin
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

Analysis 

The flight instructor was conducting an instructional flight in the airplane, which was owned by the student pilot. The flight instructor reported that he did not notice that the student pilot had not set the flaps to the appropriate position for takeoff, as required on the Before Takeoff checklist. Immediately after rotation, during the initial climb, the student pilot had difficulty maintaining directional control. The flight instructor took control of the airplane about 10 ft above the runway, the stall warning annunciator was audible, and the airplane began sinking. The flight instructor pushed the nose over but was unable to recover before the airplane landed hard and then departed the right side of the runway. The landing gear dug into the mud, the airplane then spun around, and the nose landing gear and left main landing gear collapsed, which resulted in substantial damage to the elevator and vertical stabilizer. The flight instructor reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The flight instructor's inadequate supervision, which resulted in a premature rotation for a no-flap takeoff and subsequent loss of airplane control during the initial climb.

Findings

Aircraft
TE flap control system - Not used/operated

Personnel issues
Monitoring other person - Instructor/check pilot (Cause)
Aircraft control - Instructor/check pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Wet/muddy terrain - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Initial climb
Aerodynamic stall/spin (Defining event)

Landing-flare/touchdown
Abnormal runway contact

Landing-landing roll
Loss of control on ground
Runway excursion 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor
Age: 45, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/12/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/04/2016
Flight Time:  1930 hours (Total, all aircraft), 146 hours (Total, this make and model), 1820 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 119 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 39 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 48, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/24/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 62 hours (Total, all aircraft), 62 hours (Total, this make and model), 3 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 62 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP
Registration: N782JR
Model/Series: SR20 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2016
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 2337
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3002 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 201 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 201 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-ES
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 210 hp
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: KRZR, 860 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1835 UTC
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3200 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots / 14 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 200°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Cleveland, TN (RZR)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: SHELBYVILLE, TN (EHO)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1335 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: CLEVELAND RGNL JETPORT (RZR)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 860 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 21
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5500 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude: 35.213611, -84.799722

NTSB Identification: ERA17CA137
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, March 26, 2017 in Cleveland, TN
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR20, registration: N782JR
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The flight instructor was conducting an instructional flight in the airplane, which was owned by the student pilot. The flight instructor reported that he did not notice that the student pilot did not set the flaps to the appropriate position for takeoff, as required on the before takeoff checklist. Immediately after rotation, during the initial climb, the student pilot had difficulty maintaining directional control. The flight instructor took control of the airplane about 10 ft above the runway, the stall warning annunciator was audible, and the airplane began sinking. The flight instructor pushed the nose over but was unable to recover before the airplane landed hard and then departed the right side of the runway. The landing gear dug into the mud, the airplane then spun around and the nose gear and left main landing gear collapsed, which resulted in substantial damage to the elevator and vertical stabilizer. The flight instructor reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It nearly took out the AWOS, missed it by inches!