Friday, May 24, 2019

Cirrus SR22 GTS, N809SR: Fatal accident occurred May 24, 2019 in Grover, Wayne County, Utah

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah
Cirrus Aircraft; Duluth, Minnesota
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N809SR 

Location: Grover, UT
Accident Number: WPR19FA154
Date & Time: 05/24/2019, 1122 MDT
Registration: N809SR
Aircraft: Cirrus SR22
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 24, 2019, about 1122 mountain daylight time, a Cirrus SR22 airplane, N809SR, impacted terrain about 6 miles southeast of Grover, Utah. The private pilot and passenger were fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to Tierra Grande Aviation LLC, and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the vicinity of the accident site, and the flight was operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight departed Canyonlands Field Airport (CNY), Moab UT about 1042 and was destined for Henderson Executive Airport (HND), Las Vegas, Nevada.

Witnesses reported that they heard the airplane and when they looked up, they observed it nose down descending like a corkscrew. The airplane descended behind a hillside; shortly thereafter they heard an explosion and saw smoke rise from the area.

At 1055 the Hanksville Airport (HVE), Hanksville, Utah, located about 30 miles northeast of the accident site reported wind from 170o at 6 knots, clear skies, 10 statue miles visibility, temperature 15o C, dewpoint 2o C and an altimeter setting of 30.05 inches of mercury. A high Resolution Rapid Refresh numerical model over the accident site depicted a freezing level at 9,755 ft, and supported broken to overcast clouds with bases near 3,300 ft agl and tops to 15,000 ft.

The airplane was removed to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cirrus
Registration: N809SR
Model/Series: SR22 Undesignated
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: HVE, 4463 ft msl
Observation Time: 1055 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 30 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / 2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 170°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Moab, UT (CNY)
Destination: Las Vegas, NV (HND) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: On-Ground
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 38.174444, -111.248611

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.
Lynn Ann Anderson Simonsen and her husband Christian Clinton Simonsen.


Christian Clinton Simonsen

February 4, 1953 - May 24, 2019
Born in Gilroy, California
Resided in Morgan Hill, California

Christian Clinton Simonsen, born February 4, 1953 in Gilroy, CA, passed away in a plane crash in Grover, UT on Friday, May 24, 2019, along with his wife, Lynn Ann Anderson-Simonsen. Chris and Lynn were on their way home to Morgan Hill, CA after visiting several National Parks in Utah and visiting with Christian Jr., Jen, and Leandra in Salt Lake City.

Chris was preceded in death by his brother, Wade Simonsen, brother-in-law David Perez, mother Elizabeth (Rhodes) Simonsen, father Harry C. Simonsen, and by his adoptive mother Bonnie L. Simonsen. Chris is survived by his 2 sons, Christian Jr. (Jennifer) of Salt Lake City, UT and Dan (Tiffany) of Frisco, TX; step-daughters Karri Becker of Fargo, ND, Jodi Satterlee of Reno, NV, Hannah Anderson of Morgan Hill, CA, Cailey Anderson of Arcatia, CA; granddaughters Presley, Skylar, and Leandra; brothers Eric Simonsen and Sean Simonsen (Michele); sisters Laurie Perez and Jean Alkire (Randy Beaver). He is also survived by his many nieces and nephews: Anthony and Steven Perez (Laurie), Nathaniel and Julia Lierly (Jeanne), Keith Simonsen and Kelly Benshoof (Wade), Sean and Valerie Simonsen (Sean), and Melody and Laura Simonsen (Eric). He leaves behind Uncle Ed and Sandy Johnson, Ruth Johnson, step-brother Ed Thorp, and cousins Christopher Linthurst, Jennifer Linthurst, Christie Gamble, Judy Guardino, Paul Corbin, and Patty Lua. 

Chris leaves behind many beloved colleagues from his work and his Saturdays on the golf course with his golf buddies. He was married to Karen Simonsen of Frisco, TX, the mother of his children, and to Lynn Anderson of Morgan Hill, whom he had married March 13, 2018. He was born in Gilroy, CA but spent his adolescence growing up in Stillwater, MN, where, with his brothers Eric and Wade, he found his passion for fishing and science. After graduating from high school at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA, Chris went to Stanford and then the University of Utah, where he earned a PhD in Molecular Biology. After graduation, Chris began his career with Genentech and worked with many of the Bay Area’s leading scientists over the years. He also worked for Invitron, Aragen, Sierra BioSource, Serologicals Corp, and most recently, Alector. Over the past 3 years, Chris lived with Lynn and Hannah and Cailey in Morgan Hill. A fisherman who loved his summer trips to Alaska with the boys and the occasional Simonsen female family member. Chris enjoyed spending the Christmas holidays with Lynn and her daughters in Hawaii, and liked that it was becoming a tradition. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues.

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, June 7, 2019 at 11:00A.M at LIMA-CAMPAGNA-JOHNSON FUNERAL HOME, 17720 Monterey Street, Morgan Hill, followed by a reception and celebration of Chris’ life to be held at Mama Mia’s Gilroy. Donations to Moreland Little League may be made in lieu of flowers. 

http://www.limacampagnamortuaries.com

Lynn Ann (Heldt) Anderson Simonsen
July 13, 1969 - May 24, 2019
Resident of Morgan Hill

On Friday, May 24, Lynn Ann Anderson Simonsen and her husband Christian Clinton Simonsen were involved in a tragic accident when the small plane Chris was piloting went down in Wayne County Utah. Lynn and Chris had only been married a little over a year but their love for each other was evident to all who knew them. In the last year they had visited Alaska, Europe, Las Vegas, Disneyland and Hawaii. They loved snorkeling, cooking and going on long bikes rides together in Morgan Hill where they lived.

Lynn was born in Long Island, NY and moved to San Jose, CA in 1974. She received her Masters degree in Molecular Biology from San Jose State University. Jane Goodall was Lynn's childhood idol. It was because of Jane's work that Lynn became interested in biology.

Lynn loved her job as a scientist and had worked side by side with Chris for over 15 years, most recently at Alector. Although her love for Chris was strong, her heart and soul were her daughters Cailey Marie Anderson and Hannah Angela Anderson. She was very proud of her girls and raised them with an abundance of love and time. She was loved by all their friends and always welcomed them with a smile. She was an awesome mom, a wonderful daughter, a cherished sister and a best friend to many.

Lynn is survived by her parents Robert and Margie Heldt, siblings and their spouses Karen and Barry Braverman, Bob Heldt, Jr. and Karen Kramer and Michael and Allison Heldt, as well as nieces Samantha, Chelsea, and nephews Ben, Matthew, Alex and Eric. She is also survived by her ex husband John Anderson, many aunts, uncles, friends and neighbors.  

A Memorial for Lynn and Chris Simonsen will be held Saturday June 15th at 11:00am at the Lima-Campagna-Johnson funeral home in Morgan Hill. In lieu of flowers, if you wish to make a donation, please consider the Jane Goodall Institute: https://www.janegoodall.org/donate/


WAYNE COUNTY, Utah, May 30, 2019 (Gepharpt Daily) — Officials have identified a husband and wife who died in plane crash that occurred late Friday morning in the Grover area of Wayne County.

The pilot of the Cirrus SR22 GTS was identified as Christian C. Simonsen, and the passenger was identified as his wife, Lynn Ann Anderson-Simonsen of Morgan Hill, California, said a news release from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

A previous news release said Wayne County Sheriff’s officials were dispatched to Miner’s Mountain Road in the Grover area on a report of a single-engine plane crash at about 11:22 a.m.

The sheriff’s office requested Wayne County EMS to respond and had WCSO Search and Rescue on standby, according to the news release issued by WCSO Friday afternoon.

Witnesses reported that they heard an explosion and saw smoke after the plane disappeared from their view.

Upon arrival at the crash site, WCSO saw a “large debris field and fire were present throughout the area,” the news release states.

Two occupants of the aircraft were found deceased at the site, the sheriff’s office said; they were the only people aboard.

The Medical Examiner’s Office went to the scene and conducted an investigation.

The remains of the deceased were transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for further investigation.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board as well as an investigator from the aircraft manufacturer.

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



WAYNE COUNTY, Utah, May 24, 2019 (Gepharpt Daily) — The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a fatal plane crash that occurred late Friday morning in the Grover area of Wayne County.

At about 11:22 a.m., the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Miner’s Mountain Road in the Grover area on a report of a single-engine plane crash.

The sheriff’s office requested Wayne County EMS to respond and had WCSO Search and Rescue on standby, according to a news release issued by WCSO at 5:34 p.m. Friday.

Witnesses reported that they heard an explosion and saw smoke after the plane disappeared from their view.

Upon arrival at the crash site, WCSO saw a “large debris field and fire were present throughout the area,” the news release states.

Two occupants of the aircraft were found deceased at the site, the sheriff’s office said. It appeared that they were the only people aboard.

The Medical Examiner’s Office went to the scene and conducted an investigation.

The remains of the deceased were transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for further investigation.

The cause of the crash is as yet unknown and is under investigation by the NTSB.

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



GROVER, Wayne County — Two people died when the plane they were in crashed in a rural area Friday morning, officials said.

Emergency crews received a report from someone who said they saw a single-engine plane crash near Miner's Mountain Road in Grover shortly after 11:20 a.m., according to Wayne County spokeswoman Kassidee Brown.

Wayne County Sheriff's deputies came across large debris field and fire near the area reported. They found what appeared to be two occupants in the plane and both were dead, Brown added.

Their names and ages weren't immediately released.

In a statement, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the plane was a Cirrus SR22 and it crashed under "unknown circumstances."

The FAA is handling the investigation into the crash. An official from the Utah State Medical Examiner's Office was also dispatched to the scene, Brown said.

Friday's crash is the second fatal Utah aviation crash in the past 7 days. Last Friday, a Utah couple was killed when the helicopter they were in crashed into mountainous terrain in Utah County. The cause of that crash is also under investigation.

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

GROVER, Utah — A small plane crashed Friday in southern Utah, killing both people on board.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a crash of a Cirrus SR22 aircraft in Grover, the board announced on its official Twitter page shortly after 5 p.m.


The crash happened around 11 a.m. near Miner’s Mountain Road, according to a press release from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. First responders found a debris and field fire at the site and two people deceased.


Witnesses saw the aircraft disappear from their view, heard an explosion and saw smoke, then called 911 to report it.


Grover is located between Capitol Reef National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.


Original article can be found here ➤ https://fox13now.com


Wayne County Sheriff's Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

On Friday May, 24th 2019, at approximately 11:22am Wayne County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Miner’s Mountain Road in the Grover area. The reporting party called 911 to report they had witnessed a plane crash.

Wayne County Sheriff’s Office requested Wayne County EMS and Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue are on standby.

Wayne County Sheriff’s Office received further information that it was a single engine aircraft.

Witnesses stated the aircraft disappeared from their view; they heard an explosion and saw smoke.

Upon Wayne County Sheriff’s Office arrival at the crash site, a large debris field and fire were present throughout the area.

There appeared to be two occupants in the aircraft, both were found deceased.

The investigator for the medical examiner’s office responded to the scene and conducted his investigation.

The remains of the occupants will be transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for further investigation.

The National Transportation Safety Board will be conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash.

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yet another Cirrus crash....

Anonymous said...

N809SR, bad weather that day, possible thunderstorm penetration?

Anonymous said...

Looks like you're right...

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N809SR/history/20190524/1630Z/KCNY/KHND/tracklog

Looks like it all of a sudden went from 13.8 to 14.4kft... last adsb reported an airspeed of 87 knots at 14.4!

damn. For all of the reporting, it says it was a large debris field, but none of the witnesses said anything about the plane's orientation to the crash site etc, just that it disappeared from view. You would think if the plane was in a nose down configuration, that witnesses would have reported this, especially if it was in a power-on dive. Photos aren't much help either. It seems as if it definitely stalled out with such a low speed, but there would've been a lot of time to recover from such an event in vfr.

Jeez. this is sounds eerily similar to the Blind over Bakersfield video created by AOPA. https://youtu.be/ROCUheRin9U trying to outrun thunderstorm heights. Also reported here on Kathryns.
notapilot.

Anonymous said...

Lastly, what bugs me the most is the size of the debris field from the only 3 photos released by the sheriff's dept. It looks HUGE (tho the photos could be deceiving).

How does a debris field get this big, and everything is totally obliterated, from an aircraft as small as an SR-22? This one is really baffling!

notapilot

Anonymous said...

All that glass in the cockpit for situational awareness, an autopilot to ease workload and a parachute to save you in the event that you screw up big time and yet we keep seeing a pattern of Cirrus fatalities. I don't blame the aircraft. Professional pilots fly high performance machines that don't forgive sloppy airmanship every day.
It seems like a certain percentage of Cirrus pilots are convinced the machine can do anything even if their pilot skills (and decision making) aren't up to the task.
It seems like the one thing money can't buy.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, like Airbus, Tesla...

Anonymous said...

737 Max...

Anonymous said...


My husband and I witnessed the crash on Miner's Mountain on Friday, May 24, 2019 at approx. 11:02 am. We were barely able to complete the 911 call because of the remote location/lack of reception. We reported an airplane crash with the legal location.

We heard the plane above us and I said "where is that plane?" my husband looked over and saw it spiral down vertically to the ground from the clouds. Engine was loud and running. It exploded on impact with a plume of smoke rising. Very sad and unnerving.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a Flat Spin to me.

Anonymous said...

Flat spin / round spin ... Same results.

RIP

BigTex said...

witness didn't mention a parachute?

Maening said...

Pilot panicked after being bumped around in T-storm? Why not pull the chute?

picturelady said...

I am the mother of the woman who was killed in the crash. Her husband was the pilot. We are completely baffled by the accident. We know the pilot, my SIL was a very skilled pilot. He told us the plane did have a parachute. We ate puzzled by why it wasn’t used. Also why they didn’t put out a call for help.

They had just left SLC after a week visiting family and national parks along the way from San Jose, CA.

We are waiting for a report but have been told it could take a year.

We are broken hearted. My daughter leaves behind a 16 and a 21 year old daughter.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately everyone says their loved one was a skilled pilot, this is usually far from the truth. A skilled pilot is usually high time and has done this for a living. The culture today among general aviation recreational pilots depend on modern glass screens and heavily on a autopilot.

cunn9305 said...

Ma'am all are very sorry for your loss.

picturelady said...

Thank you very much! I appreciate it, it is still unbelievable to me even though I spent the day with Lynn’s sister and brother writing her obituary.

Anonymous said...

Sad story, my heart goes out to those affected by this accident. Sounds like another case of LOC in IMC. I wonder why he didn't pull the chute unless he did and it separated from the airframe due to high speed. With what's left of the aircraft it may be hard to determine that. RIP.

Anonymous said...

To Picturelady; I am so very sorry for your loss. I have an idea of what you are going through as I lost my father in an airplane crash when I was 17 years old. Please allow the NTSB the time (perhaps as much as 2 years) to determine the cause of the accident and avoid all of the speculation that will go on in this blog. Most of us here are pilots and it is common for us to discuss and speculate in the interest of our own longevity as we seek to prevent similar things happening to us. Please know that there is NO disrespect intended. We also welcome your questions and concerns. Again, you have our deepest sympathy.

Anonymous said...

Stick and rudder skills, and spin recovery. That's the only thing that will ever save a plane in an emergency. Reliance on auto-throttles, stick shaker/pusher, airframe parachute systems, autopilots, glass panels, and all the other computer stuff is nonsense. Teach pilots how to turn off the computer and FLY WITHOUT IT.

The United States of America is the only country with a vibrant general aviation community where almost anyone can still learn and actually fly small planes. Better training will avert some of the tragic general aviation accidents. A required continual training of pilots to fly with good old fashioned stick and rudder skills.

The bottom line? Passenger (Lynn Ann Anderson Simonsen) safety comes down to the pilot.

Stick and rudder skills, and spin recovery. That's it.

Anonymous said...


Loss of control in instrument conditions is a hellof a thing. People get tossed about inside the plane, the engine is screaming, the passengers are screaming and the pilot is fighting for control. The pilot probably didn't think of pulling the parachute or centrifugal forces wouldn't allow his hand to reach the handle, we will probably never know.

Anonymous said...

A few of the commenters seem to think a Cirrus is some kind of cavernous vehicle where people just float and fly around the cabin? Has anyone here actually been in a small airplane? It's not like an airliner, you can't unbuckle, walk around and get lost! Then there's the stick and rudder Chuck Yeager fantasy of people who wind up becoming statistics themselves. Know how Scott Crossfield died? He was a stick and rudder guy, one of the best, but a thunderstorm ate him. Jeesh, read the accident reports! There has never been a fatal Cirrus accident when the pilot pulled the parachute handle at altitude. There's a good statistic.

Anonymous said...

remember when the piper malibu first came out and all the wealthy pilots were out killing themselves and family/friends who were along for the ride? they tried for a long time to figure out what was wrong with these fine machines piper had built to take advantage of these doctors lawyers and well off businessmen. well it turns out that the problem was exactly the same as these cirrus's. from the time they first came out i noticed the only pilots i was observing in these planes were new very low time and even student pilots. they convinced these guys they would be qualified to operate them in any conditions and even if you get overwhelmed you have the parachute! the other reason only new pilots paid all that money for them is any pilot who has been around general aviation very long knows what kind of far superior more capable aircraft you can get with that kind of money and would never buy one! so the cirrus marketing dept had that all figured out from the beginning and targeted these beginner pilots. take a look at that crash photo and see if you can locate the fancy glass panel OR the parachute. pretty hard to find right? yeah neither one seemed to help them one bit. add to that the JFK syndrome and you have a disaster cocktail recipe for sure. i am normally totally against all the lawsuits against aircraft manufacturers who had absolutely nothing to do with any crashed airplane but i think cirrus may have some responsibility here with the way they prey on new pilots with their fancy glass panel airplanes.

Anonymous said...

Exactly!

Anonymous said...

I believe this was a flying club aircraft out of KPAO. This is not an aircraft type you fly every couple of months or so. Very sad.

Anonymous said...

Christian owned it. Probably had it on lease back.

Anonymous said...

N809SR was maintained out of WVFC at KPAO. I knew Chris and loved him dearly.

Anonymous said...


I was not suggesting people were floating or flying around in the cabin, a SR22 isn't even a cabin class airplane. That is >silly< of you to suggest it. I merely suggested they were being bounced/tossed around in their seat up/down/left/right. I've seen lap belts literally pulled from their anchor points in severe turbulence.

It appears to be a loss of control in IMC. It's possible he was using the autopilot and it let go due to turbulence leaving the unprepared pilot with a untrimmed airplane.

Anonymous said...

So now we have a commenter suggesting that it is the fault of the manufacturer, Cirrus, for building a popular, safe, and efficient product that thousands of people do, and many more want to own? It is the manufacturer's fault that the one safety mechanism which would have prevented this accident wasn't used? There is something called personal responsibility, and over the many years I've been lucky to have on this planet, I have become accustomed to seeing some folks try to blame others rather than accept responsibility. Who knows why the chute wasn't chosen but blaming the manufacturer for the character and ability of the operator is poor character in itself.

Lt Col Camilleri said...

For those here that are related to, or the close friends of both victims, my sincere condolences. I’m an aviator, both military and civilian of many years, I can tell you that few aviation tragedies rarely make sense nor do they offer answers.
No matter what aircraft you fly, no matter your credentials or experience .. encounters with severe weather can and do exceed the aircraft design and pilot abilities.
No matter the eventual facts, your loss is felt.

Anonymous said...

A flying school owner once told me ... "You know, these small airplanes, even though certificated to, do not belong in weather. Period."

Anonymous said...

This accident, like many others on this site, is tragic. My heart goes out to all those connected to this couple. I personally read this blog in the hopes that it will make me a better pilot, and perhaps it will help me avoid becoming an entry in this report. I am 62 and have only been flying 4 years now, accumulating 500 hours. I have my instrument rating and keep it current, but do not consider myself proficient for hard IFR. As I read this report and the comments, I wonder how one might have broken this accident chain. From the climb performance, it appears that the plane may have been normally aspirated (climb performance at 14k feet appears poor on the flightaware site). I wonder if the pilot was on top of the clouds at 13,800, but the clouds were rising ahead. He obviously felt that he could handle the situation. Clearly, in hindsight, a deviation due to weather would have been a way to break this accident chain. I do think that there are many pilots (like me) out there that have an IFR ticket, who do not have the skillset to handle an emergency in IMC conditions. I have a goal of setting and sticking to personal limits - and yet even in gentle IMC conditions I wonder if I could handle an emergency. I have had an auto-pilot failure and am religious about practicing hand flying the airplane. I hope that it I ever need it, I will have what it takes. I do think, however, that my takeaway from this trajedy is to be honest about ones aviation skill set and to set and stick to personal limits. I frequently have to modify my cross-country flight plans, and sometime this is inconvenient. But I fly for fun - as I make a tough calls on conditions, I remind myself that I am recreational pilot with recreational pilot abilities on a recreational pilot schedule. All written and shared with great compassion.....

Anonymous said...

To the above commentator, WELL SAID. As recreational pilots weather is a deal breaker. If we absolutely have to be somewhere at a certain time, take a commercial flight and leave the flying to the pros.

Anonymous said...


My husband and I witnessed the plane go down. It crashed in a beautiful and remote area of Utah with views of Capitol Reef National Park and Boulder Mountain. It was partly cloudy and there was a large dark cloud above us. Could there have been a medical problem?

Anonymous said...

To this poster .... " Is it the manufacturer's fault that the one safety mechanism which would have prevented this accident wasn't used? Who knows why the chute wasn't chosen but blaming the manufacturer for the character and ability of the operator is poor character in itself."

How do you know the chute wasn't used but failed?

Anonymous said...


I can remember a time when airplanes didn't have parachutes. Real pilots had to fly them from startup to shutdown.
Actually there were two safety mechanisms and I know for a fact the pilot didn't use the first one (correctly) or we wouldn't be reading this.

Anonymous said...

picturelady:

I understand your grief and my condoleances but do you know what to look for in a private or commercial pilot to make sure they are safe to take your daughter, regardless of the fact they are your daughter's husband?

From what you write about him telling you that the plane had a parachute and you not knowing a Cirrus always had a ballistic parachute (marketing ads, t-shirts, mugs etc...) I suspect you don't know you absolutely anything about Aviation and took his word for granted. But he could have been any Joe Shmoe from the street and said that to you and you would believe them too.

For a pilot to be LEGAL to take your daughter flying need to make sure that said pilot:

- Had a current medical (at least third class!)
- Has had a bi-annual review.
- Has had at least 6 approaches and one hold in the last calendar 6 months to be legal to fly in IMC
- Has a current state issued ID
- Has a current pilot's license

As you see the pilot license is the least of your concerns. Look up "Christopher Adam Anderson" and "Arizona crash" and see what I mean. A mother of 3 killed by a completely unlawful pilot.

You will be contacted by lawyers and offered to sue Cirrus and sue anyone connected to this plane. Please don't. This is as useless as blaming a tornado for killing storm chasers.

Small planes are perfectly safe.... only those who disobey rules willingly and take chances will suffer as Aviation doesn't tolerate any neglect or carelessness and the penalty is swift, with no appeal and generally terminal.

And any skilled pilot will know these facts and respect himself and others to always be safe.

SteveMann said...

To Picturelady:

My wife knew both Chris and Lynn. My wife worked for Chris for years as employee number three and was friends with Lynn who was a co-worker at the time. Ignore the second-guessers. I am also a private pilot with more than 2,000 hours, and when I lose a friend to an aviation accident, I spend the next year or more wondering what could have gone wrong.

I have absolutely no clue what went wrong, and neither does any of the armchair evaluations. I can make guesses no better or worse than other commenters here. I am mostly mystified why he didn't use the parachute, but the NTSB report will say whether it was deployed or not. (Our airplane, a Cessna, did not have a parachute). When you do see a final NTSB report, I would appreciate seeing it as well.