Sunday, October 11, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Cirrus SR20, N586C; accident occurred March 27, 2020 at Minute Man Air Field (6B6), Stow, Middlesex County, Massachusetts

 




Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boston, Massachusetts

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms 
  
https://registry.faa.gov/N586C


Location: Stow, MA 
Accident Number: ERA20CA142
Date & Time: 03/27/2020, 1400 EDT
Registration: N586C
Aircraft: Cirrus SR20
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis 

The pilot reported that, upon landing, the airplane veered sharply left and departed the runway onto adjacent grass. The pilot applied full power to go around; however, the airplane continued to veer left and impacted vegetation. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine mount, firewall, and both wings. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

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 directional control during landing in gusting crosswind conditions, which resulted in a runway excursion and impact with vegetation.

Findings

Aircraft
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Gusts - Effect on operation (Cause)
Crosswind - Effect on operation (Cause)
Tree(s) - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Runway excursion

Landing-aborted after touchdown
Attempted remediation/recovery
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 63, 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: 02/01/2020
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/23/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 458 hours (Total, all aircraft), 15 hours (Total, this make and model), 349 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cirrus
Registration:N586C 
Model/Series: SR20 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2003
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 1278
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 12/22/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 15 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:  705 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-ES
Registered Owner: Cygnus Aircraft Group Llc
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: BED, 133 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1351 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 87°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 14 knots / 25 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 330°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.79 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / -6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Plymouth, MA (PYM)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Stow, MA (6B6)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1330 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Minute Man Air Field (6B6)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation:268 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 03
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2770 ft / 48 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; 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: 42.460556, -71.517778 (est)

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