Saturday, November 23, 2019

Cirrus SR22T GTS G5, N969JM: Accident occurred November 22, 2019 in Lindale, Smith County, Texas

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

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

Additional Participating Entities: 

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Tyler, TX 
Accident Number: CEN20LA020
Date & Time: 11/22/2019, 1338 CST
Registration: N969JM
Aircraft: Cirrus SR22
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On November 22, 2019, about 1338 central standard time, Cirrus SR22 airplane, N969JM, sustained substantial damage during an impact with terrain following the deployment of the Cirrus Aircraft Parachute System (CAPS). The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight when the accident occurred. The commercial pilot sustained serious injuries and the passenger was uninjured. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan had been filed and activated.

According to the pilot, about two minutes after leveling off at his cruise altitude of 3,000 ft above mean sea level (msl), the Continental TSIO 550 engine "shook real good" and was followed by a "big vibration." He switched his multifunction display to the engine parameter page and everything appeared normal. About two minutes later, the depiction of the No. 5 engine cylinder went red. He immediately checked the manifold pressure and it was reading 28.5 inches, which according to him, was about 2/3 rated power. He then reported the engine problem to air traffic control (ATC) and told them of his intention to divert. He was unable to maintain altitude and began descending. Shortly thereafter, the engine appeared to smooth out and he was able to climb about 200 ft per minute before the shaking returned. The pilot said at this point, he declared an emergency with ATC and advised them of his intention to deploy the CAPS when he reached 1,000 ft msl. He came out of the clouds about 1,200 ft and saw a field to his right. He then turned that direction and tried to utilize the high boost fuel pump, to no avail. He stated that he then lowered the nose of the airplane and deployed the parachute when the airplane was between 550 ft and 650 ft. He said while the passenger's inertial reel seat belt held the passenger in place during the impact, his seat belt did not and his head impacted the instrument panel causing a loss of consciousness. He regained consciousness when the paramedics were treating him after he had been extracted from the airplane.

After touching down and soon after the passenger extricated the pilot, the wind carried the parachute and airplane about ½ mile across the field and into a stand of trees. The initial impact resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage, and the subsequent travel across the field and into the trees resulted in further damage to the fuselage and substantial damage to both wings.

An initial examination of the airframe revealed an oil coating on the bottom of the fuselage. When the engine cowling was opened, the compressor drive belt for the air conditioning system was missing and could not be located within the debris field. An oil line adjacent to the belt was found damaged with the insulation cut. The oil line has been retained for further testing. The airframe and engine were also retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cirrus
Registration: N969JM
Model/Series: SR22 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: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTYR, 551 ft msl
Observation Time: 1853 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 600 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Terrell, TX (TRL)
Destination: Gladewater, TX (07F)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 32.489722, -95.481944

LINDALE, Texas (KLTV) - The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the names of the two Mississippi men who were injured in a plane crash west of Lindale last Friday.

Glen Pace, the pilot, and Patrick Valkenberg, the co-pilot, are recovering from injuries they received after the Cirrus SR22T GTS G5 they were flying in crashed into a field about nine miles northwest of Tyler.

The two pilots are employees of Jeff Martin Auctioneers Inc, according to a company official at the headquarters in Mississippi.

An online schedule shows an upcoming auction in Wills Point.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

The plane had departed Terrell and was en route to Gladewater when it experienced a loss of power, according to an FAA spokesman.

A 65-foot airframe parachute was deployed by the pilot during the emergency, and its red and white parachute could be seen blowing in the wind above where the plane came to rest off of County Road 344 in Smith County.

Referred to as CAPS, the Cirrus Airframe Parachute system is designed to protect occupants in an emergency by lowering the aircraft to the ground, “similar in theory to seat belts in a vehicle,” the company website said.

The Cirrus SR22 has a wingspan of 38 feet with a base weight of 2,269 pounds. Its 310-horsepower engine climbs at a rate of 1,270 feet per minute, according to the manufacturer’s website.

Previous story: FAA report: Plane clipped into house before emergency landing; sheriff’s office reports 2 injured

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - The owners of the Hope For All Ranch & Rescue, in Lindale, are grateful after none of their animals were hurt when a plane crashed right behind their pastures Friday afternoon.

“I was sitting inside doing school and all of the sudden it sounded like a bomb went off and it shook the entire house,” said Mikayla Brooks. Her family owns the animal rescue in Lindale. “I walked outside to see what was going on and I thought they were putting hay out because there was a bunch of people in the field. I looked over and the plane is just rolling and crashing into the woods. The parachute was flying everywhere and the ambulances were coming down the road — that’s all you could hear, it shook the entire house it was so loud.”

Brooks witnessed a plane crash practically in her own backyard.

“I was shocked because I’ve never seen a plane crash, let alone in little old Lindale, in the middle of nowhere,” said Brooks.

A backyard filled with all sorts of rescue animals. Horses, cows, donkeys, goats, dogs, cats and more.

“I thought that somebody could’ve gotten hurt because with that door flying off it could’ve taken out a bunch of cows or hit somebody,” said Brooks. “The pilot or passenger easily could’ve died.”

Luckily, all of the animals on the rescue were safe.

Brooks said her dad was there to see the plane’s pilot and passenger after the crash.

“He said that the pilot had a cut on his hand, but the passenger was completely beat up,” said Brooks.

She said she’s hoping the passenger recovers well and she’s grateful that no animals on the rescue were hurt.

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LINDALE — Two people were injured Friday afternoon when a small plane made an emergency landing in a Lindale field.

Smith County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Larry Christian said the pilot and passenger were taken to Tyler hospitals to be treated for injuries sustained in the crash, which happened just after 2 p.m. Friday. Their conditions were not known at press time.

The pilots notified authorities of engine trouble about 15 miles out from the airport where they were headed, according to scanner traffic just before 2 p.m.

The plane went down in a field just north of Interstate 20 near County Road 434. A parachute deployed during the crash could be seen from the roadway.

Chuck Gradick, who lives in the area where the plane went down, told the Tyler Morning Telegraph that he heard the crash and ran to help.

Gradick said he found the plane with two occupants, one he described as being disoriented due to a head injury, and called 911. When EMTs arrived Gradick guided them to the scene.

Fire and rescue authorities responded to the crash, and Federal Aviation Administration investigators were on their way to the site, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The agency said a Cirrus SR22 clipped a house while making an emergency landing 9 miles northwest of Tyler at about 1:30 p.m. Friday, according to a statement.

The plane had left Terrell with a planned destination of Gladewater, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

“While en route, the pilot experienced a loss of power and deployed the parachute for landing. The plane clipped a house during its descent. Ground injuries and damage have not been reported to the Federal Aviation Administration,” according to the agency’s statement.

The Federal Aviation Administration will release the aircraft tail number after being verified by investigators.

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