Friday, March 20, 2020

Cirrus SR22, N150X: Accident occurred March 17, 2020 in Conway, Horry County, South Carolina

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

Location: Conway, SC
Accident Number: ERA20LA129
Date & Time: 03/17/2020, 1545 EDT
Registration: N150X
Aircraft: Cirrus SR22
Injuries:1 None 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On March 17, 2020, about 1545 eastern daylight time, a Cirrus SR22, N150X, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Conway, South Carolina. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated that he departed from Hammond Northshore Regional Airport (HDC) about 1215 on an instrument flight rules clearance and proceeded towards the destination airport, but elected to divert to Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) due to the low ceiling at the destination. He was told to expect the instrument landing system approach to runway 18 and was vectored to the initial approach fix (IAF). While in instrument meteorological conditions he flew towards the IAF with autopilot on and in NAV mode, and he also reduced engine power to lose altitude. As the flight approached the IAF the airplane was still high, "… not as stable as he wanted to be," and had a tendency to turn to the left. He increased engine power to maintain altitude or climb as necessary and had trouble stabilizing the instruments, adding that it felt like he was "fighting [the airplane]" in the roll axis. He realized that the flight was too slow and when attempting to correct, felt the airplane getting away from him and was likely in an unusual attitude. He then decided to activate the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System, and while descending under canopy, secured the engine and prepared for the touchdown, which occurred on all landing gears. The airplane's nose gear collapsed, and the rudder partially separated.

The airplane was equipped with Avidyne multifunction and primary flight displays. Examination of the airplane and downloading of non-volatile memory was pending recovery from the accident site. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cirrus
Registration: N150X
Model/Series: SR22 Undesignated
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: KMYR, 25 ft msl
Observation Time: 1656 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 210°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1600 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Hammond, LA (HDC)
Destination: Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR) 

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: 33.897778, -78.950833 (est)

Nobody was hurt after a plane made an emergency landing in an Horry County field on Tuesday afternoon.

Horry County Fire Rescue responded to the small aircraft around 4 p.m. in the area of Highway 472 and Gunsmoke Trail.

Highway 472 runs between S.C. 22 and Highway 19 outside of Conway.

When crews arrived, they found a Cirrus SR22 plane made an emergency landing into the field. The Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) deployed, according to Horry County Fire Rescue.

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1 comment:

  1. After looking at the flight track, it appears that there was convective activity along the route and near the destination airport. I wonder if this was a fuel exhaustion situation or perhaps an encounter with convective activity resulting in loss of control. Another Cirrus CAPS "save" ... very glad no lives were lost!


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