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Collision During Landing: Cirrus SR22, N248G; accident occurred April 07, 2022 Meadow Lake Airport (KFLY) Peyton, El Paso County, Colorado

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Halo LLC

Location: Peyton, Colorado
Accident Number: CEN22LA171
Date  Time: April 7, 2022, 19:50 Local
Registration: N248G
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Collision during takeoff/land 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot reported he intended to land after sunset and did not activate the runway lighting. During final approach, the airplane collided with the airport windsock and landed next to the runway. During the landing roll the pilot maneuvered the airplane onto the runway and stopped on a taxiway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing when it impacted the windsock. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operations and that he misjudged the runway location.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s decision to not activate the runway lighting and misjudged the runway location, which resulted in a collision with a windsock. 


Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Pilot
Environmental issues Runway lighting - Decision related to condition
Personnel issues Use of equip/system - Pilot
Aircraft Descent/approach/glide path - Not attained/maintained
Aircraft Heading/course - Not attained/maintained

Factual Information

History of Flight

Approach-VFR pattern final Collision during takeoff/land (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 53, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 3 With waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: February 11, 2021
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: June 26, 2021
Flight Time: 200 hours (Total, all aircraft), 85 hours (Total, this make and model), 151 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 23 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 13 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N248G
Model/Series: SR22 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2005 
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 1261
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle 
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: February 12, 2022 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 15.3 Hrs 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1861.2 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental Motors
ELT: Installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: IO-550-N
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: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFLY,6874 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 19:55 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 137°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots / 16 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 360° Turbulence 
Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.32 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 3°C / -14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Cedar City, UT (CDC) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Peyton, CO (FLY) 
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 16:30 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Meadow Lake Airport FLY
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 6878 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 33 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6001 ft / 60 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop; Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 38.947656,-104.57201

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