Sunday, March 28, 2021

Cirrus SR22 GTS, N644SR: Accident occurred March 28, 2021 in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona 

Aircraft lost power and landed on a road. 

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Date: 28-MAR-21
Time: 21:28:00Z
Regis#: N644SR
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR22
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that a single-engine aircraft made a crash landing on Pump Station Road in the Avra Valley area near Tucson Sunday.

One man and one female whose age is unknown were in the plane when it crash-landed. Both escaped the incident without injuries, said Deputy James Allerton, Pima County Sherriff’s Department spokesperson.

The roadway will be closed between Avra Valley Road and El Tiro Road while the Sheriff's Department investigates.

No further information was immediately available.

The area is known for its parachuting and aerial recreation, according to Allerton.


AVRA VALLEY, Arizona (KGUN) — The Pima County Sheriff's Department is investigating a crash landing of a single-engine small airplane in Avra Valley Sunday afternoon.

Deputies responded to the crash landing with two occupants on Pump Station Road between Avra Valley Road and El Tiro Road, PCSD says.

The roadways will be closed until further notice.

There are no injuries reported from the landing.

The investigation is ongoing.


  1. Lost power after departing Tuscon for John Wayne, diverted for KAVQ, then redirected for KMZJ but came up short. Easy to see on track playback.

  2. Great outcome! Looking at flightaware, pilot did a good job establishing best glide speed and flying the airplane. Interesting to note real life performance numbers here. Roughly 7200' descent in 6 minutes. 1200' per minute at roughly 105-110mph average speed.

    1. That is right by the numbers. I was taught in the event of an engine out like this to set AP at 91 kts indicated (best glide speed) and then work the emergency. Of note on this one the pilot pulled the CAPS handle at 1500 but it did NOT deploy. Will be interesting to see the reason. According to the year it should of had a repack and update to the firing system in 2016 or 2017.

    2. Where did you hear that the CAPS failed to deploy?

    3. isnt that the deployed chute handle you can see dangling in the first picture?

  3. Found a decent road to land on. No traffic or posts. Aircraft can probably be repaired to fly again.

    1. I’ve always heard when those planes come down on the chute they’re basically totaled. This one looks like it’s damaged more than what it would have been had it landed under the chute.

      You’re right though, still doesn’t look too bad.

    2. Chute landings include riser rip-out from the fuselage skin and big-time gear overload. This one has damage typical for Cirrus runway landing veer / runoff incidents.

      Significant damage to a composite aircraft can send it to salvage auction when a riveted aluminum aircraft with similar damage might have been repairable.

      Would be interesting to see data on how many Cirrus aircraft that sheared off a main gear leg or damaged a wing returned to service. Might be zero.

    3. The chute deployment doesn't do any more damage than has to be done to service the chute. The repacking requires that they puncture the fuselage and then repair it later on. The damage doesn't come from the deployment, it comes from landing at a speed equivalent to a 10-foot drop. Even still, I've been told that somewhere around 25% are returned to service - but I imagine that has a lot to do with the price of the aircraft. I'm sure if you pull the chute on one of the $1M late model ones, that things getting fixed.

    4. If repacking included replacing replacing the flat web straps that are embedded in the fuselage skin, a repaint would have to be done after re-covering the strap channels.

      That big-time gear overload from chute landing puts a lot of stress on gear mounting points. If Cirrus routinely returned planes to service, they would brag about it in their sales pitch.

      N80kw post deployment photo:

      Video showing torn open strap coverings: