Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Landing Area Overshoot: Cirrus SR20, N902ES; accident occurred May 31, 2019 near Bulverde Airpark (1T8), Texas

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


Location: San Antonio, TX
Accident Number: GAA19CA299
Date & Time: 05/31/2019, 1432 CDT
Registration: N902ES
Aircraft: Cirrus SR20
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing area overshoot
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, during the approach, the airspeed was about 80 knots, but he was slightly high. The pilot stated that the airplane floated down the runway further than normal before it touched down, and when he determined that he would not have enough runway to stop, he aborted the landing. The airplane did not climb as he expected, and subsequently impacted trees. The pilot added that he believed that the reason for the lack of climb was due to his failure to retract the flaps to 50%.

A witness reported that the airplane landed further down the runway than normal, departed the runway, and began the takeoff from the grass alongside the runway.

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.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 51, 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 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/19/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/27/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 116.7 hours (Total, all aircraft), 12.7 hours (Total, this make and model), 59.1 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 12.2 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3.3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cirrus
Registration: N902ES
Model/Series: SR20 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2002
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 1253
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/21/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 992.4 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer:Continental 
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-ES16B
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 200 hp
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: , 789 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1430 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 262°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 6°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: San Antonio, TX (1T8)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: San Antonio, TX (1T8)
Type of Clearance:None 
Departure Time: 1400 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Bulverde Airpark (1T8)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1080 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 16
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2890 ft / 40 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Go Around

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 29.743889, -98.453056 (est)


  1. It is a 5000 ft runway. Sheesh.

    1. RW16 is 2890 ft per lookups:


  2. Yeah I've used a ~2200' runway in a 172 with trees on both ends and there is very little wiggle room after clearing the obstacles on approach to get it down and stopped before deciding to go around. The Cirrus 20 requires significant faster approach speeds on final as well as takeoff than that of a 172 (more than 10kts faster for both).

    The book on a SR20 for takeoff over the 50' obstacle is 1,865' and the landing over the same is 1,960'. That left him about 900' to work with either way, which is not much in a fast mover (relatively speaking) when you screw around floating a landing then forgetting to raise the flaps on a go around.

    Rookie 116-hr pilot mistake.


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