Friday, November 30, 2018

Cirrus SR20, N343BZ: Accident occurred November 28, 2018 at Pickens County Airport (KJZP), Jasper, Georgia

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Jasper, GA
Accident Number: GAA19CA099
Date & Time: 11/28/2018, 1130 EST
Registration: N343BZ
Aircraft: Cirrus SR20
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Aerodynamic stall/spin
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The student pilot reported that, during a touch and go landing, they were about 5 to 10 ft left of runway centerline. The flight instructor told him to perform a go around and, during the climb, the airplane aerodynamically stalled. The instructor took the flight controls, the airplane drifted left, and impacted cars and "other ground objects."

The flight instructor reported that, during the touch and go landings, she observed the student pilot was struggling to maintain traffic pattern altitude and was excessively left of runway centerline. She discussed with him that he would not be allowed to land until on centerline. During the accident landing, the student was left of runway centerline and she asked him to correct. He corrected and she anticipated a full landing. During the landing flare, the airplane drifted left and she instructed him to perform a go around. The student aggressively pitched up and she heard the stall warning horn and the stall audio annunciation. She took the flight controls and lowered the nose, but the airplane continued to drift left. The airplane impacted cars and a hangar.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and left wing.

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

The automated weather observation station located about 9 miles south of the accident airport reported that, about 5 minutes after the accident, the wind was from 290° at 9 knots, gusting to 15 knots. The student pilot landed the airplane on runway 34.

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial; Private
Age: 58, Female
Airplane Rating(s): 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 Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/21/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/12/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 2285 hours (Total, all aircraft), 428 hours (Total, this make and model), 2150 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 77 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 33, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/06/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 50 hours (Total, all aircraft), 50 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cirrus
Registration: N343BZ
Model/Series: SR20 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2017
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 2349
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 5
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/18/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 749 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-390 SER
Registered Owner: Tibara Llc
Rated Power: 210 hp
Operator: Aero Atlanta Flight Center
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: K47A, 1219 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1635 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 169°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots / 15 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 290°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 2°C / -12°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Atlanta, GA (PDK)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Jasper, GA (JZP)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1531 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1535 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 34
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5000 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Go Around; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 34.452500, -84.458333 (est)

Jasper, Georgia – A small plane has collided with multiple vehicles at the Pickens County Airport on Wednesday, November 28th, causing minor injuries to two.

Public Information Officer Kris Stancil of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office stated that the National Transportation Safety Board would be conducting the interviews and investigations on why the crash occurred, but the Sheriff’s Office was called to assist with the incident.

Stancil said that at this time, it appears the plane may have lost control at some point in its landing process and “clipped another parked plane on the runway and then drove into, actually three different vehicles that it made contact with. One took the brunt of the front of the plane more than any of the others.” Stancil did note that the vehicles were unoccupied resulting in the two in the plane being the only injuries from the accident.

Stancil said the two people only received minor injuries and are being treated now for those injuries.

As for the three vehicles, the plane had veered off the runway and struck them near a garage. Stancil said that while one took the plane’s impact head on and another received significant damage including busting out the windows, the third vehicle only received scrapes and minor damage. Authorities were able to move the third vehicle from the scene.

Though Stancil said that no major fires erupted after the accident, he did note that fuel had been spilled onto the pavement. One plane was reported to have been delayed for take-off at the time of the accident.

At this time, National Transportation Safety Board is taking over the investigation of this unusual incident.

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  1. Cirrus 1,vehicles zero. Those Cirrus plane are tough. Could use one in the 5 o’clock traffic here!

  2. They have to be.
    They're always crashing!
    Two in the last 2 days right near me.
    This guy botched a landing, turned 90 degrees and came within 10 feet of my mechanic.
    The other one ran out of gas.
    The planes are probably fine.
    What's with the pilots?

  3. The bottom line on many of these is the successful guy had the money for the plane so he bought one. After all, how hard can it be?

  4. Aviddds where is the data that it ran out of gas. That is contrary to what the pilot stated to a few that knew him personally.

  5. Exactly! The pilot of the accident airplane settling to the ground under the brs parachute onto the Kennesaw College campus said he observed sparks from under the engine cowling followed by a loss of engine power -- he didn't run out of gas!