Sunday, December 15, 2019

Abnormal Runway Contact: Cirrus SR20, N782JR; accident occurred October 23, 2018 at Greenville Downtown Airport (KGMU), Greenville County, South Carolina

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbia, South Carolina 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Greenville, SC
Accident Number: GAA19CA035
Date & Time: 10/23/2018, 1130 EDT
Registration: N782JR
Aircraft: Cirrus SR20
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that, during landing, the wheels touched down but lifted off the runway. The airplane floated and drifted left of centerline. He then heard the stall horn, the wheels touched down again, and the airplane veered left, exited the runway and struck a pole.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was 220° at 5 knots. The airplane landed on runway 01.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 52, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/03/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/08/2018
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 109 hours (Total, all aircraft), 24 hours (Total, this make and model), 53 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 25 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cirrus
Registration: N782JR
Model/Series: SR20 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:2016
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 2337
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-ES
Registered Owner: Aerokagan LLC
Rated Power:
Operator: Aerokagan LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGMU, 1048 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1529 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 122°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 220°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.23 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 5°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Monroe, NC (EQY)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Greenville, SC (GMU)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1030 EST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Greenville Downtown (GMU)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1048 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 01
IFR Approach:None
Runway Length/Width: 5393 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in

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: 34.848056, -82.350000 (est)


  1. Noob pilot in a not-so-hand-flyer. Back to the basics!

  2. Whopping 109 hours and flying a Cirrus. What could go wrong ?

  3. "We saw you land, and it gave us the hibby Jibbies"
    - Movie "The American Astronaut"

  4. What I call "Green Arc" pilots . They are airplane operators not pilots !!! Am seeing more and more of it .. He has what 109 hours ?? 90 of it with George doing the flying !!! George is a very poor instructor !!!!!!