Thursday, August 12, 2021

Cirrus SR22 GTS G5, N577DH: Accident occurred August 11, 2021 in McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

Aircraft experienced an engine oil temperature problem and deployed the ballistic parachute system landing - McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee.

Blue Yonder LLC

Date: 11-AUG-21
Time: 14:30:00Z
Regis#: N577DH
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR22
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Operation: 91


  1. Was that Nelson Russell out drinking and flying?

  2. Landed on a plant nursery. Story w/Photos:

  3. Went right past the McMinnville airport a few minutes earlier, then circled back. I’ll bet the insurance company is going to be delighted by the pilots decision making process to the tune of $650,000.
    Rates go up and we wonder why.

    1. This is false... in fact Insurance companies want you to pull the chute and will waive the deductible.
      The possibility of loss of life for an engine out off field landing is 10%... massive liability in the millions then and countless lawsuit.
      Also just the airframe is damaged for a Cirrus that uses the chute. The rest is salvaged so the loss is more like 100k tops.

    2. The engine was not out; they seemed in even more promising shape than sailplanes that accomplish outlandings all the time. What about the threat to folks on the ground by uncontrolled chute descent and possible dragging vs a glide? Alternatively, rough landings with an unfired chute can threaten firefighters with unintended cook off. Seems like a gadget with risks.

    3. Comment about insurance deductible not always true. Some companies do not waive ded. The problem is that the value of the hull often exceeds the liability limit - so losing the hull is the major driver of loss on the SR22. Also, because pilots don't land them, the loss costs of SR22s is higher than Cessna 182s.

  4. Read: Cirrus SR22T, N227RR: Accident occurred November 28, 2014 near Hampton-Varnville Airport (3J0), Hampton, South Carolina,

    hope this isn’t another faulty sensor. In this older incident, the pilot reduced engine power due to low oil pressure reading caused by a faulty sensor. Pilot then tried to glide to closest airport without success. It appears that engine was fine and if power was properly added, they would have been able to fly normally while the warning lights flashed.

  5. Well, if the pilot hadn’t pulled the chute and crashed, then the remarks would be full of “he should’ve pulled the chute.”

  6. The aircraft was six miles south of the 5000' long runway at Mark Anton Airport (2A0) when the turn back at 8,800' altitude was made. If 2A0 wasn't in weather, an opportunity to descend and make a precautionary landing there was missed.

    Turnback point, with 2A0 just north of track:

  7. Next time it'll be the autopilot not working....

  8. Wasn't another low time pilot pull. News story below names the pilot. Registry matches up with one of Harmony Air of Nashville's people.

    Unlikely that the pilot whose LinkedIn says earned ATP in 2013 pulled solely on oil temp. More likely that the 15 minutes flown after turning back included progression of symptoms and forced a shutdown decision.


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