Saturday, September 21, 2019

Cirrus SR20, N200Z: Accident occurred September 14, 2019

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: Orange, TX 
Accident Number: CEN19LA331
Date & Time: 09/14/2019, 1620 CDT
Registration: N200Z
Aircraft: Cirrus SR20
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 14, 2019, about 1620 central daylight time, a Cirrus SR20 airplane, N200Z, experienced a loss of engine power and deployed the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS),
near Orange, Texas. The pilot and passenger were not injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was privately owned and operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal cross-country flight which originated from Austin Executive Airport, Austin, Texas, and was headed for Lake Charles Regional Airport, Lake Charles, Louisiana.

According to information received by the Federal Aviation Administration, the pilot reported that while in cruise flight, the airplane's engine stopped producing power. The pilot pulled the CAPS and the airplane descended into marshy terrain. Substantial damage was sustained to the airplane's fuselage.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cirrus
Registration: N200Z
Model/Series: SR20 No Series
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: KORG, 13 ft msl
Observation Time: 1615 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 35°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 110°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Austin, TX
Destination: Lake Charles, LA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 30.075278, -93.695278 (est)

LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana (KPLC) - Neither of the two occupants of a plane that crashed deep in the woods near the state line Saturday afternoon were injured, authorities said.

The crash happened in a marshy area between Vinton and the state line, according to Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office plane was already in the air for the McNeese football game and was able to fly over and find the crashed plane, Mancuso said. The Sheriff’s Office Marine Division was then able to rescue both occupants.

“They were unharmed, really not a scratch on them,” Mancuso said.

Original article can be found here ➤


  1. Seems to be a lot of Cirrus aircraft loosing power recently ?

  2. I guess those parachutes do a lot of good if you're not going too fast. But I have always been leery of the concept; why do they need a parachute? Unsafe, otherwise?