Sunday, August 08, 2021

Cirrus SR22, N678EC: Accident occurred August 11, 2020 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana

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. Additional Participating Entity: 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Chicago, Illinois 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Cavu Holdings LLC

Location: Lafayette, IN
Accident Number: CEN20CA335
Date & Time: August 11, 2020, 17:20 Local
Registration: N678EC
Aircraft: Cirrus SR22
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cirrus 
Registration: N678EC
Model/Series: SR22 Undesignated
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:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Sellersburg, IN (JVY)
Destination: Chicago/Prospect Heights/Wheeling, IL(PWK)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: None
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.411666,-87.257225


  1. Wow. . . glad it didn't end even worse.

  2. Another clueless kid grabs a control stick/yoke. Kids belong in the back seat. Leave the adults up front where they belong. Airplanes are not cars where a kid can feel all special sitting up front but harmless. She could have killed them all and maybe others on the ground. The wife may never feel the same again with that spine injury.

    1. My 5 year old son knows exactly what the yoke and stick (depending on what we fly) are and that they control the airplane. He has used them at altitude too. Kids can be safe in the front seat, but they must understand the aircraft and what they cannot touch. The pilot used poor ADM and CRM. I keep my seatbelt on/tight at all times. He could have asked the wife to retrieve things for him or even the daughter would have been a better choice.

  3. The one-page interview in the docket says it’s his adult daughter.

    1. If that daughter was an adult that makes it even worse. What adult doesn't know the dangers of accidentally grabbing a flight control?