Friday, January 07, 2022

Loss of Control in Flight: Cirrus SR22, N779LB; accident occurred January 06, 2020 at Kalaeloa Airport (JRF), Kapolei, Hawaii

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Kapolei, Hawaii
Accident Number: ANC20CA012
Date and Time: January 6, 2020, 15:05 Local
Registration: N779LB
Aircraft: Cirrus SR22 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The student pilot was taking his private pilot checkride and was performing a soft-field takeoff from a touch-and-go. The student pilot reported that immediately after the takeoff, the airplane experienced “windshear" from the right and the airplane banked left and drifted left of centerline. He corrected with right aileron, which at first had no effect, then the airplane rapidly banked right and the right-wing tip struck the runway surface. The airplane then banked and yawed left and pitched up. The airplane descended from about 15 ft in a nose low left wing down attitude and impacted the runway surface hard. 

The designated pilot examiner (DPE) stated that the student pilot performed a good soft field landing and then after the soft-field takeoff, the right wing suddenly dipped, and the wingtip struck the runway. As the DPE was about to say "abort," the airplane pitched up and rolled left. The DPE then got on the controls with the student pilot and they both had full right aileron applied, but the airplane did not respond and subsequently impacted the runway.

The fuselage and wings were substantially damaged.

The student pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The student pilot's loss of airplane control during a short field takeoff in gusting crosswind conditions, and the designated pilot examiner's delayed remedial action.


Personnel issues Aircraft control - Student/instructed pilot
Personnel issues Delayed action - Designated examiner
Environmental issues Gusts - Effect on equipment

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff Loss of control in flight (Defining event)
Uncontrolled descent Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)
Post-impact Fire/smoke (post-impact)

Student pilot Information

Certificate: Student 
Age: 36, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s):
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): 
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: October 21, 2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated) 45.7 hours (Total, all aircraft), 44.7 hours (Total, this make and model), 10 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Check pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport; Flight instructor; Military; Private
Age: 73, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s):
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane multi-engine; Airplane single-engine; Instrument airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: October 29, 2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: August 28, 2019
Flight Time: (Estimated) 15567 hours (Total, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cirrus 
Registration: N779LB
Model/Series: SR22
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2007 
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate:
Normal Serial Number: 2499
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle 
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: December 11, 2019 100 hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 48 Hrs
Engines: Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4723.3 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C126 installed 
Engine Model/Series: IO-550N
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 310 Horsepower
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PHJR, 30 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 23:53 Local 
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3000 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 4500 ft AGL
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 12 knots / 28 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 80° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 18°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Kapolei, HI (JRF) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Kapolei, HI (JRF) 
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 14:00 Local
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Kalaeloa (John Rodgers Field) JRF
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 30 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 04R
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 8000 ft / 200 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and go

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 21.303888,-158.074172 (est)


  1. Student pilot in a Cirrus for checkride??? Go figure...Yes it's windy in Hawaii...

  2. Replies
    1. HA! That was my reaction, too. Wonder if he rescheduled...