Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Runway Excursion: Cirrus SR20, N418DE; accident occurred March 12, 2019 at Colorado Plains Regional Airport (KAKO), Akron, Washington County, Colorado

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado 

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

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


Location: Akron, CO
Accident Number: GAA19CA165
Date & Time: 03/12/2019, 1600 MDT
Registration: N418DE
Aircraft: Cirrus SR20
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Runway excursion
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The student pilot reported that during his first solo flight in the pattern he aborted the first landing because he was uncomfortable with the airplane's runway alignment. During the subsequent approach, the airplane was crabbed slightly to the right. He recalled that just before the airplane touched down, he applied left rudder and the airplane bounced. The airplane exited the left side of the runway and collided with a drainage culvert and nosed over.

The student reported that the wind at the time of the accident was reported as calm.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the empennage.

The student pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 61, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/12/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 65.4 hours (Total, all aircraft), 42.7 hours (Total, this make and model), 1 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cirrus
Registration: N418DE
Model/Series: SR20 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2018
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 2428
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 5
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/08/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 456.8 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-390-C3B6
Registered Owner: Delta Echo Aviation Llc
Rated Power: 215 hp
Operator: Independence Aviation LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAKO, 4621 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1553 MDT
Direction from Accident Site: 156°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.59 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Denver, CO (APA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Akron, CO (AKO)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1530 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Colorado Plains Rgnl (AKO)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4715 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 29
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7001 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.175556, -103.221944 (est)

On March 12, 2019 at approximately 4:41 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office, Akron Volunteer Fire Department and Washington County Ambulance were dispatched to the Colorado Plains Regional Airport in Akron on a plane crash.

Upon arrival, emergency personnel observed a Cirrus SR20 upside down on the southwest portion of the airport a few hundred feet off the runway. 

The pilot stated that he was on his first solo flight and when he came in for a landing, a gust of wind lifted the plane off the ground and he was unable to keep the plane on the runway. 

The pilot was the only occupant in the plane and was later taken to the hospital with minor injuries. 

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were notified. 

Original article ➤ http://www.akronnewsreporter.com


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