Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Cirrus SR22 GTS, N621JE: Accident occurred August 19, 2019 at Tappahannock-Essex County Airport (KXSA), Virginia

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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia
Cirrus Aircraft; Duluth, Minnesota
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

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


Location: Tappahannock, VA
Accident Number: ERA19FA251
Date & Time: 08/19/2019, 0343 EDT
Registration: N621JE
Aircraft: Cirrus SR22
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On August 19, 2019, about 0343 eastern daylight time, a Cirrus SR22, N621JE, was destroyed when it impacted terrain following a Cirrus Aircraft Parachute System (CAPS) deployment near Tappahannock-Essex County Airport (XSA), Tappahannock, Virginia. The private pilot was seriously injured. The personal flight was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from Richmond International Airport, Richmond, Virginia, about 0327. The flight was destined to Easton/Newnan Field (ESN), Easton, Maryland.

According to preliminary radar and communication data from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), at 0335, the airplane was in cruise flight at 3,500 ft mean sea level, when the pilot reported to air traffic control that he was diverting to XSA due to an electrical smell in the cabin. The controller acknowledged the transmission and attempted to confirm that it was an electrical smell in the cabin, to which the pilot replied that he did not know what the smell was, but was going to start a descent for XSA. At 0336, the pilot reported XSA in sight and the controller advised the pilot that he could switch radio frequency to the common traffic advisory frequency for XSA, which the pilot acknowledged. No further radio communications were received from the accident airplane. At 0343, the pilot entered an emergency transponder code and the controller attempted to contact the pilot three times with no success. At that time, the airplane was at 600 feet mean sea level and the airspeed began to decrease, consistent with CAPS deployment.

The wreckage was located in swampy terrain, at the bottom of a ravine about 600 ft from the approach end of runway 28 at XSA. It came to rest in a near vertical nose down position in deep mud. The empennage had separated and there was no damage to the vertical stabilizer, horizontal stabilizer, rudder, or elevator. The deployed parachute remained attached to the airframe. The entire wing structure remained intact, but had separated from the fuselage. The left side wing exhibited leading edge impact damage. The right side wing was fractured outboard of the outer aileron attach point. The left fuel tank was breached while the right fuel tank remained intact and contained fuel. The flaps and ailerons remained attached and the flaps were in the fully extended position.

The nose section remained buried in mud and water up to the instrument panel. The pilot's four-point harness was cut by rescue personnel. Initial examination of the primary flight display, multifunction display, integrated flight display, autopilot unit, circuit panel, switch panel, and their associated wires did not reveal any evidence of electrical arcing or burning. A data card from the multifunction display and the autopilot unit were retained and forwarded to the National Transportation Safety Board Vehicle Recorders Laboratory, Washington, DC, for data download. The wreckage was retained for further examination.

The four-seat, low-wing, fixed tricycle landing gear airplane, was manufactured in 2006. It was powered by a Continental IO-550, 310-hp engine equipped with a three-blade, constant-speed, Hartzell propeller. Review of maintenance records revealed that the airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed on April 1, 2019. At that time, the airframe and engine had accumulated 614 hours since new. Review of a flight meter revealed that the airplane had flown 81 hours from the time of the most recent annual inspection, until the accident.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate, with a rating for airplane single-engine land. His most recent FAA first-class medical certificate was issued on October 26, 2017. At that time, the pilot reported a total flight experience of 100 hours.

The recorded weather at XSA, at 0335, was: wind from 200° at 3 knots; visibility 10 miles; clear sky; temperature 24° C; dew point 24° C; altimeter 29.98 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cirrus
Registration: N621JE
Model/Series: SR22 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Trident Aircraft
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: XSA, 135 ft msl
Observation Time: 0335 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 24°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 230°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Richmond, VA (RIC)
Destination: Easton, MD (ESN)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: Unknown
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 37.860000, -76.884722

A pilot is being treated at VCU Medical Center for life-threatening injuries following an early-morning plane crash in Essex County.

Virginia State Police identified the injured pilot as William D. Boswell IV, 25, of North Chesterfield. Boswell was the plane’s only occupant.

VSP said it was alerted to a distress call from a pilot at roughly 4:20 a.m. Search efforts began immediately, and the small, private aircraft was found in a swampy area near the Tappahannock-Essex County Airport at 6:13 a.m.

Flight logs show the unidentified pilot leaving from Richmond International Airport around 3:30 a.m. Monday. According to authorities, the pilot was en route to Easton, Maryland.

The Federal Aviation Administration did not confirm or deny the pilot’s destination to 8News.

According to flight logs on Flightaware.com, he was in the air for less than 20 minutes before the plane nosedived into a swampy, wooded area near the Tappahannock Airport.

VSP says they got a distress call from a pilot about 40 minutes later.

It took hours for crews to extricate the adult male pilot from the wreckage. At approximately 9:30 a.m., he was flown to VCU Medical Center with injuries that VSP described as ‘life-threatening.’

The crash “posed additional challenges to rescue crews trying to safely reach the aircraft,” VSP said in a release.

About the rescue efforts, Rob Rowley with Henrico Fire said Monday “our tech rescue team today helped augment and support the first responders already on scene from (Tappahannock-Essex) fire and rescue and provide them with equipment and techniques to gain access to the patient.​… and then get the patient out of the aircraft and then transport them across some pretty difficult terrain.”​

The Essex County Sheriff’s Office, Essex County Fire & EMS, Henrico County Fire, and King & Queen County Fire all assisted at the scene.  The Fire Service also blazed a trail for easier access to the scene. VDOT assisted with providing equipment.

Authorities said the plane model was a “Cirrus SR22” model. The plane is equipped with an airframe parachute system. Often in emergencies, the parachute will deploy and the plane will come down under it.

According to Stormtracker8 meteorologists, the weather was clear and calm at the time of the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have been notified. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Story and video ➤ https://www.wric.com

TAPPAHANNOCK, Virginia — A pilot of a small plane suffered serious, life-threatening injuries after Virginia State Police said his plane crashed into a ravine on the outskirts of the Tappahannock-Essex County Airport.

William D. Boswell IV, 25, of North Chesterfield, was extricated from the wreckage hours after the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane, a Cirrus SR22, crashed into a ravine near the airport at 3:44 a.m.

Officials at Tappahannock Airport said the plane was scheduled to fly from Richmond to Easton, Md. However, flight information on FlightAware.com indicated that the flight was scheduled from Richmond to Tappahannock.

An animation of the flight in question showed the plane departing from Richmond at 3:27 a.m. When it arrived near the Tappahannock airport, the plane is seen circling one-and-a-half times, with two dips in altitude, before the plane regains some height and the animated recording stops at 3:44 a.m., the same time the Federal Aviation Administration said the crash happened.

The Virginia State Police said they were alerted to a distress call from a pilot at 4:23 a.m. and began a search effort to find the crashed plane. It added the plane was found around 6:13 a.m.

But the Virginia State Police said because the plane had crashed nose-down into a heavily-wooded area, rescue crews, including the Essex and King and Queen County Fire Departments, had a difficult time reaching the plane and Boswell.

Story and video ➤ https://wtvr.com

ESSEX CO., Virginia (WWBT) - A pilot was seriously injured following a plane crash Monday morning in Essex County.

State police received an alert of a distressed call from a pilot just before 4:30 a.m. Search efforts begin immediately to locate a crashed plane.

The small, private aircraft was found in a swampy area near the Tappahannock-Essex County Airport at about 6:13 a.m. Police said the plane crashed nose-down in a heavily wooded ravine in the swamp. The terrain hampered rescue workers from getting to the pilot. At 9:30 a.m., he was airlifted to VCU Medical Center for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

The pilot was the only occupant of the vehicle and has been identified as William D. Boswell IV, 25, of North Chesterfield. A flight plan indicates the plane was flying from Richmond to Easton, Md.

Multiple firefighters were exposed to chemicals while responded to the crash. Fire crews from Henrico, Essex and King and Queen County all participated in search efforts to locate the plane.

Henrico County Fire’s Technical Rescue Team was called to help in this crash. The team specializes in incidents involving machines of various types.

“They bring with them a lot of specialized equipment in cutting, breaking, things that can cut into metal, concrete all sorts of things, but what they especially bring with them is personnel who’ve received extensive training in technical rescue,” said Capt. Rob Rowley, Henrico County Fire PIO.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have been notified.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Story and video ➤ https://www.nbc12.com