Sunday, December 06, 2020

Hard Landing: Cirrus SR22, N983WP; Accident occurred August 25, 2019 at Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport (KGWS), Colorado


Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado 
Accident Number: CEN19TA330
Date & Time: August 25, 2019, 12:50 Local 
Registration: N983WP
Aircraft: Cirrus SR22 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing 
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Factual Information

On August 25, 2019, about 1250 mountain daylight time, a Cirrus SR22 airplane, N983WP, experienced a hard landing at the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport (GWS), Glenwood Spring, Colorado. The private pilot and two passengers were not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to CBGNC Aviation LLC and operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed about the time of the accident, and the flight was operating utilizing visual flight rules (VFR) flight following at the time of the accident. The flight originated from Russell Municipal Airport (RSL), Russell, Kansas, and was destined for GWS.

The pilot overflew GWS to familiarize himself with the area and elected to land to the south. He stated the weather was clear and the automated weather observing system (AWOS) reported the winds were calm. The pilot further reported the temperature was 84° F and the altimeter setting was 29.84 in. Hg. The pilot "flew the final approach in the mid 70's (airspeed) and full flaps." During the flare "the bottom fell out" and the airplane landed hard on the main landing gear and then the nosewheel, which subsequently collapsed. An examination of the airplane noted the composite firewall was damaged, substantially damaging the airplane. In addition, the trailing edge of the right leg fairings were split apart and both wheel pants exhibited upward crush damage.

The pilot later stated that although the AWOS reported calm winds, historical data indicated the winds in the general area were shifting between north and northwest at 7-12 kts. He stated it was possible "I picked up enough of a tailwind to bring me from above to below stall speed." He also stated there were no mechanical issues with the airplane at the time of the accident.

At 1256 wind at Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE), 23 miles northeast of GWS, was from the westsouthwest at 18 miles per hour (mph), gusting to 28 mph. Temperature was 87° F and dew point was 37° F.

At 1253 wind at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (ASE), 31 miles southeast of GWS, was reported as variable at 7 mph, gusting to 22 mph. Temperature was 81° F and dew point was 35° F.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 64, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed None 
Last FAA Medical Exam: April 9, 2019
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: October 7, 2018
Flight Time: 760 hours (Total, all aircraft), 155 hours (Total, this make and model), 560 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 24 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 18 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cirrus
Registration: N983WP
Model/Series: SR22 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2005 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 1671
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: July 9, 2019 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 40 Hrs 
Airframe Total Time: 3806.5 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer:
ELT: C126 installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power:
Operating Certificate(s) Held:None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGWS
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 29.84 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Russell, KS (RSL)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR/IFR
Type of Clearance: IFR;VFR flight following
Departure Time: 11:20 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Glenwood Springs Muni GWS
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 5916 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 14 IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3305 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop; Straightin; Valley/terrain following

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 39.506668,-107.309448(est)


  1. thats why your hand is on the throttle so when the bottom drops out full power is applied

  2. If you fly over the airport, take the time to actually look at the windsock! AND ... the approach airspeed should not be in the mid-seventies per the operations specs.

  3. Variable direction 7k gusting 22k would treacherous


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