Friday, August 02, 2019

Abnormal Runway Contact: Cirrus SR22, N353KT; accident occurred July 30, 2019 at Cloquet / Carlton County Airport (KCOQ), Minnesota

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Cloquet, MN
Accident Number: GAA19CA474
Date & Time: 07/30/2019, 0955 CDT
Registration: N353KT
Aircraft: Cirrus SR22
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that, while landing, the airplane bounced twice on touchdown. During the second bounce, the nose landing gear collapsed, and the airplane then impacted the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine mount and firewall.

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's improper landing flare, which resulted in a bounced landing.


Landing flare - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Abnormal runway contact (Defining event)
Landing gear collapse

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 49, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/29/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/12/2019
Flight Time: (Estimated) 421 hours (Total, all aircraft), 13 hours (Total, this make and model), 421 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 13 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3.5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cirrus
Registration: N353KT
Model/Series: SR22 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2003
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 0486
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/08/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1804.9 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-550-N7
Registered Owner: Monaco Aviation Llc
Rated Power: 310 hp
Operator: Duluth Flying Club
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCOQ, 1279 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1455 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 352°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 310°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Duluth, MN (DLH)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Duluth, MN (DLH)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0915 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: Cloquet Carlton County (COQ)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1279 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 35
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4002 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and Go; 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: 46.701111, -92.503611 (est)

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