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Cirrus SR22T GTS G5 Platinum, N164CP: Accident occurred March 11, 2022 near Minot International Airport (KMOT), Ward County, North Dakota

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 did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota 

Location: Minot, North Dakota 
Accident Number: CEN22LA144
Date and Time: March 11, 2022, 16:05 Local
Registration: N164CP
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On March 11, 2022, about 1605 central standard time, a Cirrus SR22T airplane, N164CP, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Minot, North Dakota. The pilot and 1 passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that he was on a 1.5-hour visual flight rules (VFR) cross-country flight from Fargo, North Dakota. Minot International Airport (MOT), Minot, North Dakota was his destination. About 50-miles from MOT, the engine began to run rough. The pilot continued toward MOT and tried to resolve the engine issue. About 10-15 miles from MOT, the #6 engine cylinder temperature began to rise, and the engine continued to run rough. The #6 cylinder then dropped offline, followed by the #4 and #2 cylinders. The engine was still running, but the pilot could not maintain enough altitude to land at MOT, so he elected to execute an emergency landing in a field.

The pilot landed the airplane in a snow-covered field about 2-miles from MOT. The airplane came rest upright with the nose landing gear collapsed. Examination of the airplane revealed substantial damage to lower structural portion of the engine firewall. The airplane was secured at MOT for detailed examination of the engine.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N164CP
Model/Series: SR22T 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: MOT,1716 ft msl 
Observation Time: 15:22 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -16°C /-23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 16 knots / , 270°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Altimeter Setting: 30.27 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fargo, ND (FAR)
Destination: Minot, ND

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 48.2557,-101.2882 (est)


Aircraft made an emergency landing in a field, nose gear sheared off when it went through a snowbank. 

Date: 11-MAR-22
Time: 22:00:00Z
Regis#: N164CP
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

MINOT, North Dakota – A single-engine plane made an emergency landing on Friday, March 11, at approximately 4:25 p.m. The Cirrus SR22T GTS G5 Platinum experienced mechanical issues, forcing the pilot to land in an open field near 55th St  NE and 19th Ave NE. The pilot, 42-year-old Jonathan Schilling of Fargo, and passenger, 41-year-old Amanda  McKinnon, also of Fargo, uninjured. The aircraft received minor damage during landing.

The incident remains under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration. Other assisting agencies include Ward  County Sheriff’s Office, Minot Police Department, Minot Community Ambulance, and Minot  Rural Fire Department.  

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