Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Loss of Control in Flight: Cirrus SR22, N381DE; accident occurred February 20, 2019 at Jones Riverside Airport (KRVS), Tulsa, Oklahoma

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Tulsa, OK
Accident Number: GAA19CA142
Date & Time: 02/20/2019, 1700 CST
Registration: N381DE
Aircraft: Cirrus SR22
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Business 


The pilot reported that, while en route, he applied left rudder to stay coordinated and that he alternated his left and right legs due to muscle fatigue. He added that, during landing at the destination airport, the approach was stabilized and "felt normal" with the flaps set at 100%. During the landing flare, he used "very little rudder" to maintain centerline, and about 1 to 2 ft above the ground, the airplane suddenly yawed left about 30° to 45°. He added that there was not enough right rudder to maintain the airplane parallel with the runway, so he decided to go around. He applied power, and the airplane then yawed violently left and impacted the ground, exited the runway to the left, and came to rest in the grass left of a parallel taxiway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The owner provided flight data from the accident flight. Examination of the data revealed that, within 25 seconds of the accident, the airplane descended from 782 to 619 ft mean sea level (msl) with the descent rate peaking around 1,019 ft per minute and the indicated airspeed decreasing from 86 to 60 knots. About 2 seconds before the accident, the pitch attitude peaked at 7° with a left roll of 16°. The airport elevation was about 638 ft msl.

The airplane was also equipped with a crash-hardened recoverable data module (RDM). Examination of the data recovered from the RDM revealed that the airplane veered left, the power and pitch were momentarily increased, and the stall warning horn was on.

The airplane manufacturer's recommended landing approach speed with flaps set to 100% was 80 to 85 knots. The aerodynamic stall speed at maximum gross weight was about 60 knots.

The pilot reported that the wind was light and variable and not gusting. The RDM data revealed that the wind was from 359° at 5 knots. The pilot was landing the airplane on runway 19L.

The Federal Aviation Administration inspector reported that he examined the airplane and verified rudder control continuity and noted that "everything was intact."

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain a stabilized approach with a tailwind and his subsequent failure to maintain yaw control during an attempted go-around.


Descent/approach/glide path - Not attained/maintained (Cause)
Yaw control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Tailwind - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Approach-VFR go-around
Loss of control in flight (Defining event)
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 58, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/01/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/17/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1133 hours (Total, all aircraft), 725 hours (Total, this make and model), 1063 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 81 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 35 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cirrus
Registration: N381DE
Model/Series: SR22 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2017
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 4526
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 5
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3600 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-550-N
Registered Owner: Destinations Efc Llc
Rated Power:
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: KRVS, 638 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2253 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 239°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 250°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.9 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: El Dorado, AR (ELD)
Type of Flight Plan Filed:  VFR
Destination: Tulsa, OK (RVS)
Type of Clearance: VFR; VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1530 CST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 637 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 19L
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4208 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Go Around; 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: 36.039722, -95.982500

A Cirrus SR-22 crashed at Jones-Riverside Airport near Jenks late Wednesday afternoon.

EMSA and Tulsa firefighters responded. Officials say one person was on board and did not suffer any injuries or require treatment.

Investigators say the plane began wobbling in crosswinds as it was descending toward the runway and crashed on the east side of the east taxiway.

Destinations Executive Flight Center in Tulsa confirmed to 2 News Works For You that the company owns the plane. The pilot is based in Green Country and flies regularly for business in the region, a spokesperson said. He was returning from a day trip to El Dorado, Arkansas, flight records show.

The airport was closed while crews clean up the wreckage, but everything is running smoothly again.

Original article can be found here ➤

A pilot was not injured after a small plane crashed Wednesday afternoon at Jones Riverside Airport in south Tulsa.

The sole occupant of the single-engine plane was able to exit after the crash and was not injured, authorities said.

He told first responders he lost control during his landing approach. The plane is a Cirrus SR22.

Firefighters about 5:20 p.m. were called to the crash on the south side of the airport, located in south Tulsa just north of Jenks.

Air traffic in and out of the airport was suspended while authorities investigated the crash.

The airport has three runways, over 200 commercial and private hangars, and over 500 based aircraft.

During 2011, the control tower recorded 202,539 operations (average of 555 per day).

Operations include charter, business, medical, law enforcement, government, and privately owned aircraft, according to the airport's website.

Original article can be found here ➤

TULSA, Oklahoma (KTUL) — The Jones-Riverside Airport in Jenks is shut down after an emergency involving a plane.

Crews are on scene investigating.

Story and video ➤

Air Force F-15 Eagle: Incident occurred February 20, 2019 at Portland International Airport (KPDX), Multnomah County, Oregon

PORTLAND, Oregon (KOIN) -- About 4 hours after an emergency alert was issued, an F-15 made a safe landing early Wednesday afternoon at PDX as emergency vehicles were ready on the runway.

At 8:46 a.m., an aircraft emergency alert Level 2 was declared that centered around its landing gear. The 142nd Fighter Wing said the Air Force F-15 Eagle from the Portland Air National Guard Base had been taking part in a normal training flight. 

The plane landed safely and without incident around 12:38 p.m. with the help of a barrier cable. Several emergency vehicles and a fire truck met the plane along with an emergency vehicle at the end of runway 28-L at PDX.

Commercial air traffic was not affected.

The single pilot inside the aircraft was not injured. An investigation was launched to figure out what caused the in-flight emergency.

Story and video:

Cessna 320F Executive Skyknight, N320CE and Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N78PW: Incidents occurred February 20, 2019 at Centennial Airport (KAPA), Englewood, Arapahoe County, Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Gear collapsed and aircraft went off the runway.

N320 LLC

Date: 20-FEB-19
Time: 21:45:00Z
Regis#: N320CE
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 320F
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Gear collapsed and veered off the runway into the grass.

Date: 20-FEB-19
Time: 22:45:00Z
Regis#: N78PW
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 24 250
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

CENTENNIAL, Colorado  — South Metro Fire Rescue responded to two separate aircraft incidents Wednesday afternoon at Centennial Airport. 

The first occurred shortly before 3 p.m., when a Cessna 320 Skyknight nose gear collapsed upon landing. Two people were aboard the plane, but were not injured. 

About an hour later, a Piper PA-24 Comanche with two people aboard skidded off the runway and into nearby grass. No injuries were reported in that incident either. 

Both runways, which run parallel, will remain closed until the aircraft can be removed. 

Original article can be found here ➤

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colorado — Two runways at Centennial Airport were closed Wednesday afternoon due to two separate incidents that occurred within one hour of each other.

The first incident occurred shortly after 2:45 p.m., when a Cessna 320 Skyknight nose gear collapsed while landing. The plane did not catch on fire and neither of its two occupants were hurt. Runway 17L was shut down for the plane’s removal. As of about 4 p.m., it remained closed.

The airport tweeted about the second incident at 3:42 p.m. It said a Piper Comanche was in the grass next to Runway 17R.

Two people were aboard the Piper. The plane did not catch fire and neither person was injured. However, Runway 17R was closed. As of about 4 p.m., it remained closed.

Runways 17L and 17R run parallel.

Original article can be found here ➤

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colorado — A plane’s nose gear collapsed while landing at Centennial Airport Wednesday afternoon.

According to the airport, the plane involved in the incident is a Cessna 320 Skyknight.

The plane was landing on Runway 17L shortly after 2:45 p.m. when the nose gear collapsed.

There are two people on board. The plane did not catch on fire and no one was injured.

Crews with South Metro Fire Rescue responded to the scene.

The airport closed the runway for the plane to be removed.

Original article can be found here ➤