Saturday, April 24, 2021

Cirrus SR22 GTS, N587CD: Fatal accident occurred April 24, 2021 and Incident occurred October 12, 2017

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 traveled to the scene of this accident.

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

Location: Port Aransas, TX
Accident Number: CEN21FA199
Date & Time: April 24, 2021, 13:12 Local
Registration: N587CD
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On April 24, 2021 about 1312 central daylight time, a Cirrus SR-22 airplane, N587CD, was destroyed when it impacted terrain in Port Aransas, Texas. The pilot was fatally injured, and the two passengers received serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The local flight was operated from Mustang Beach Airport (RAS) as a Young Eagles flight sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). The Young Eagles event consisted of about 8 volunteer private pilots that offered children a discovery flight to introduce the children to aviation.

The pilot flew the airplane from McCampbell-Porter Airport (TFP) in Port Aransas, Texas, to RAS that morning. The pilot hangared the airplane at TFP. On his second Young Eagles flight of the day, he took the 8-year old boy and the boy’s father for their discovery flight. The boy sat in the aft right seat, and the boy’s father was in the front right seat next to the pilot.

According to air traffic control data, the flight consisted of 1 loop around the traffic pattern. The flight did not follow the established Young Eagle route for the event. On approach to runway 30, witnesses observed the airplane was “low and slow,” and almost touched down short of the runway end. Witnesses also noticed that the pilot’s door appeared to be opened about a foot during the approach. Before the landing, the pilot appeared to execute a goaround; the engine power increased, the airplane’s nose pitched up sharply, the left wing dropped, and the airplane impacted the ground inverted in a nose low angle in front of a row of hangars adjacent to the runway. The airplane was destroyed during the accident.

The pilot began his flight training on July 7, 2018, and received his private pilot’s certificate on March 8, 2019. Most of his flight training was flown in a Cessna C-172 airplane; his last month of training and practical exam (12.8 hours total) were completed in a Piper PA-28. Upon completion of his private certification, the pilot had a total of 99.8 hours of flight time. He started to fly the high-performance accident airplane 3 days after he received his private pilot certificate, on March 11, 2019, and had a total of 72.5 hours in the accident airplane as of March 6, 2021; the last entry in his logbook, which was recovered on-scene.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N587CD
Model/Series: SR22
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: RAS,5 ft msl
Observation Time: 13:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C /11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 350°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.86 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Port Aransas, TX
Destination: Port Aransas, TX

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 2 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal, 2 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 27.8103,-96.9131

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.

Carrol V. Jorgenson 
March 29, 1945 ~ April 24, 2021

Carrol V. Jorgenson, 76, of Corpus Christi, Texas, left this earth and entered the arms of his Heavenly Father on April 24, 2021.

Carrol was a Veteran of the Navy. He began his service as a young man in the late 1960's. It was there that he discovered his passion for airplanes; avionics specifically. After completing his military service, he got a job with Lockheed-Martin. It is here that he dedicated the whole of his 45+ years career in service to this field.

He had many interests throughout his lifetime. His most passionate were Classic Ford cars, politics and his Cirrus Aircraft.

He was a giver to those in need, a patient ear, a professor of calm and sage advice, a fixer of the malfunctioning, a relisher of grandchildren and a champion in the eyes of his children. In short, he was the rock of our family.

Carrol is survived by his former wife and best friend, Wanda Jorgenson, and five children: Daughter Michele Sprague, Daughter Lori Edwards, Daughter Amy Black, Son Curtis Sprague and Son Scott Jorgenson. He is also survived by fifteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Memorial Services will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 1:15 p.m. at Guardian Funeral Home Chapel A located at 5922 Crosstown Access Road in Corpus Christi. A celebration of life will follow the service at Guardian Hall located at 5813 Ayers Street (2 Blocks from the Funeral Home)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Jill Reed has lived near Mustang Beach Airport in Port Aransas for 15 years and said she was afraid when she heard about the plane crash.

“I was so afraid that it was one of my friends that it was one of their planes…but obviously it wasn’t as I would’ve heard from them,” Reed said.

Reed said it’s shocking hearing about those in the crash and that the crash was loud.

“There was no smoke. That’s for sure…. when I saw the fire engines and what not…that there was going to be a fire over here…but there was no fire,” Reed said.

DPS said Carrol V Jorgenson, 76, the male pilot, was pronounced dead on the scene and 2 male passengers, ages 40 and 8 were also on board and had serious injuries. DPS said the passengers were ejected from the plane but still secured in their seats.

Mark Davis, a local from Aransas Pass, was working on his friend’s boat during the crash and arrived on the scene where another friend told him he cut the 8-year-old boy’s seatbelt.

“I guess the seatbelt was pinching right through him and they couldn’t get the clasp undone so he took his pocket knife and cut it and when he did, the whole tail of the plane fell off. It was actually the seatbelt that was holding the tail of the plane on,” Davis said.

DPS said the 40-year-old was transported by halo-flight to Spohn Shoreline Hospital in Corpus Christi and the 8-year-old boy was taken by ground ambulance to Doctors Regional Hospital and later Driscoll Children’s Hospital, both of them with non-life-threatening injuries.

Tom Rushing has lived near the airport for 23 years, saying he’s never heard of a fatal crash at the airport but has heard of other crashes that didn’t involve deaths. He described the crash as sounding like an aluminum building folding in. He said he saw 2 planes on the taxiway and everyone running towards the crash site. He then got in his golf cart and described the scene as a tragedy.

“The ambulances were pulling up when we got there and we could hear the little boy crying so we know he was awake and vocal anyways and we hope he’s okay,” Rushing said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is leading the investigation and the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating as well. 

Fatal accident occurred April 24, 2021 at Mustang Beach Airport  (KRAS),  Port Aransas, Texas.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

October 12, 2017:  Aircraft on takeoff, blew a tire and went off the runway at Corpus Christi International Airport  (KCRP),  Nueces County, Texas.

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Date: 12-OCT-17
Time: 21:22:00Z
Regis#: N587CD
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
State: TEXAS


  1. Chute obviously deployed but apparently at too low an altitude. What in the world happened here. No video yet.

  2. Chute deployment probably was after impact. ADS-B track shows taxi, takeoff and landing. Maybe a stall after touch and go?

    Was real busy practicing just before the "leg 3" crash:

  3. maybe cut that last base-final turn a little too tight?

  4. I know Carrol, very active on the Cirrus FB page and a couple other flying pages. He was a great guy. Semi retired electronic guy from Lockheed Martin.
    He was doing some Young Eagle flights to orientate young people to flying.
    He had done a flight a couple hours before this one. You can see his track on Flight Aware.
    He took on this flight and for some reason (I have listened to the radio calls) he came back in for a low an over or landing or go around, nobody knows for sure. Another aircraft was right behind him in the pattern on short final and over the numbers Carrol pulled up, the nose went pretty high and at about 200 ft give or take the right wing dropped (indicative of a stall) and the plane flipped over hit the ground beside the runway nose first, kind of cartwheeled a 180 and came to rest as shown. Carrol was stuck inside and first responders did some of the damage seen trying to extract Carrol.
    There has been a lot of discussion about distractions etc on other pages including the Cirrus Owner Group forum.
    It appears from the wreckage the flaps are up. Did he inadvertently switch from full to fully retracted on the go around? Did he not have full on on final? We will have to wait for the data acquisition for that.
    If he did inadvertently pull the flaps fully retracted, he would have lost lift going slow on final and would have started to sink. Maybe pulled back on control to stop the sink going too slow and then the stall.
    The witnesses said it all happened in a blink of an eye. Nose up, wing drop and into the ground. This accident want not type dependant as in would not have mattered what aircraft he was in. Too close to the ground for CAPS. It deployed on impact as did the airbags.
    I was just talking to Carrol the night before. He was an electrical guru. RIP my friend.

    1. Thank you for your post, I was married to Carrol for many yrs. He was a wonderful man. We divorced but unlike many couples, we were good friends. My children and our child are mourning the loss of a great man.

    2. Thank you for the clarification first hand. I made the first comment at the top inquiring about the chute not knowing it deploys on impact. Not sure why but not knowing a thing about Cirrus aircraft other than they are not forgiving like a 182 for an attention-deficit pilot in the pattern, I'm sure there's a reason. Sorry for your loss and sorry for his friends and family.

  5. I am a pilot out of Conroe. This is awful. But, I must ask, at what point to we as pilots say, I am too old, my reflexes are not what they used to be, the plane I fly is more than I can handle? Flying has risks, much different than most other endeavors.

    1. Just as there old airplanes in horrible condition and old airplanes in great condition, there old guys in their 70s and 80s who shouldn't even be driving a car while other old guys like that are totally OK to fly an airplane. And by the way, flying a Cirrus does *not* require any thing special in the way of "reflexes."

    2. @MoodyRiver - No it does not, but it does require much more attention than a Warrior or Skyhawk during takeoff and landing maneuvering at low air speeds. There's a reason so many fatalities in Cirrus aircraft, specifically around the high performance SR22, have happened during takeoff and landing maneuvering in the pattern. One of the worst videos posted here years ago was a real estate agent trying to land at busy Houston's Hobby who got flustered and had to go around twice in her SR20 with two others on board. She tried a third time and lost control while turning final and crashed into a parked car at an Ace Hardware.

      Not sure what happened here, but reflexes as you say do not save or kill a pilot. Staying on top of it does.

  6. Very sorry to hear about the loss of your friend Cameron. Sounds like the kind of person we want in aviation. Anyone of us can make a mistake and most of us that have been flying for very long have all done plenty. Most of us are lucky enough to have gotten away with it. Hopefully we can all learn something from this so we don't repeat it- that I feel is one of the best ways to honor a fallen aviator.

    To Dave- I think so 76 year olds should hang it up, but others are still super sharp. There are also plenty of 30-40-50, etc. year olds that probably shouldn't be flying either.

  7. Sounds like the same stall condition as the lady at Hobby airport a few years ago.

  8. Sure sounds like a go-around accident. A lot going on. Power, right rudder, flaps, trim trim trim. Something that needs to be practiced more often. That initial pitch up when adding power to a plane properly trimmed for landing can surprise even the most seasoned pilot. I suspect the most common mistakes are adding power too quickly and lack of right rudder input. Tragic. RIP

  9. "Go-Around/Balked Landing"
    - At any point in the approach a go-around/balked landing
    may be executed
    - Smoothly apply maximum power, level the wings and
    transition to a pitch attitude that will slow/stop descent.
    - After descent has stopped, reduce flaps 50%
    - Pitch for Vy (101 KIAS)
    - Retract flaps to 0%
    o Note: Ensure you have a positive rate of climb, are
    at a safe altitude above all obstacles, and above 80
    KIAS prior to retraction."
    @ Cirrus SR22 Maneuver Profiles: Takeoff, Landings, and Go-Arounds

  10. My wife and I were on 361 going north at the time the crash happened. We observed Carroll's plane cross over the highway at a rather high speed and low altitude. I commented to my wife that it seemed too fast and too low at the time. Since I was driving I was looking forward until we came into alignment with the flight line and as I looked left I saw the plane come up fast and steep and remaked on the ascent angle to my wife. As I said that I saw the plane roll (to what from my vantage point seemed to the left) and then the nose came over and went to ground as I looked back to my wife and told her it just crashed. As outside witnesses we are both deeply concerned for the man and the boy as well as wish to express deepest sympathy for the loss of Mr. Jorgensen. We did report out observations to the authorities and have kept open to updates. Many prayers and thoughts to those affected.

  11. another low time Cirrus pilot....76 years old....what in the world was he doing flying a dad and his son around? Not many excuses for the pilot.

    Cirrus should include 1 million dollar life insurance policy with each sale. Its apparent that the life insurance is needed much more often than the parachute.

  12. Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) archive data for the flight of Cirrus SR22 N587CD that departed the Mustang Beach Airport (KRAS) at 1800 UTC on 24 April 2021 UTC and crashed in the Port Aransas, Texas area at approximately 1815 UTC on 24 April 2021 UTC.

  13. Any and all information involving Cirrus SR22 N587CD, Port Aransas, Texas, D/A: 24 April 2021 UTC.