Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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 

Location: Akron, Colorado 
Accident Number: GAA19CA165
Date & Time: March 12, 2019, 16:00 Local
Registration: N418DE
Aircraft: Cirrus SR20 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
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 that, upon touchdown, the airplane bounced. The airplane exited the left side of the runway and collided with a drainage culvert and nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the empennage.

The student reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. He added that the wind at the time of the accident was calm.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The student pilot's failure to maintain directional control during landing, which resulted in a runway excursion and collision with a drainage culvert. 


Directional control - Not attained/maintained

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Student/instructed pilot

Environmental issues 
Airport structure - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Abnormal runway contact

Landing-landing roll 
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)

Runway excursion

Landing-landing roll 
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Landing-landing roll 
Nose over/nose down

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: October 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: February 8, 2019 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 456.8 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-390-C3B6
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 215 Horsepower
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAKO,4621 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 15:53 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 156°
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: / 
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: 15:30 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Colorado Plains Rgnl AKO 
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4715 ft msl
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:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.175556,-103.221946(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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