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2 Injured After Small Plane Crashed in Olympic National Park, WA

A small plane crashed in Olympic National Park, Washington, on April 2nd.

The Cirrus SR22 plane was carrying 2 people when it went down near Brinnon.

Both occupants of the plane were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, Seattle.

The FAA and the NTSB will investigate.

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Small Plane Crashes in Fort Wayne, Indiana; 2 Injured

A small plane crashed at Fort Wayne International Airport, Indiana, on March 29th.

The incident happened when the Cirrus SR20 plane was carrying a student pilot and an instructor from Purdue University flight school.

Both occupants of the plane were injured in the incident and were taken to Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

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Pilot Survives Small Plane Crash in New Mexico after Engine Glitch

A small plane crashed in a farmland in Bloomfield, New Mexico, on the morning of October 28th.

The Cirrus SR22 encountered engine malfunction mid-air and crashed shortly afterward.

The pilot, who was the only person onboard, rescued himself through a parachute and escaped without injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Pilot Survives Small Plane Crash in Georgia

A small Cirrus SR20 crash landed at Malcolm McKinnon Airport, St. Simons Island, Georgia, on August 22nd.

The pilot onboard came out of the aircraft unharmed.

The cause of the crash landing has not been reported.

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Small Plane Crash-Lands in Hauppauge

A Cirrus SR22 plane crash-landed in an industrial park in Hauppauge, New York, on March 5th.

The plane was en-route to Republic Airport, Farmingdale, when it developed some engine issues. Authorities said the parachute attached to the plane deployed before it went down in a grassy area, just 8 miles east of Republic Airport.

The plane was carrying two people at the time, including the pilot Louis Obergh and his daughter, Rachel Obergh. Both of them suffered minor injuries. They were returning after visiting University of Rhode Island.

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating.

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Four Killed as Small Plane Crashes near Navasota Municipal Airport

A small plane crashed near Navasota Municipal Airport, Texas, on February 28th.

Authorities said the wreckage of the single-engine Cirrus SR-20 plane was found in a wooded area southeast of the airport.

All four people aboard the plane, including two adults and two children, were killed in the crash.

The plane was flying from David Wayne Hooks Airport in Houston at the time.

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating.

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Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing in North Carolina Field

A small plane made an emergency landing in a field near Dog Creek Road off Highway 221 in Ashe County, North Carolina, on November 13.

The single-engine Cirrus SR22 plane, carrying 2 people, was en-route from DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, Georgia, to Lancaster, when it lost power, forcing the pilot to land in a field.

The plane landed uneventfully. Both people aboard remained unhurt.

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Two Killed as Small Plane Crashes near Colorado Springs Airport

A small plane crashed near Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on November 9.

The Cirrus SR22 single-engine, low-wing plane had just taken off from the Colorado Springs Airport when it lost power and went down.

There were two people aboard at the time; both of them were killed in the crash. They were identified as Mike Fritzel and Paula Fritzel, both 63.

The FAA was investigating.

Midair Collision in Frederick County; 3 Killed, 2 Injured

CirrusA 2006 Cirrus SR22 fixed-wing aircraft collided midair with a helicopter in Frederick County, Maryland, at around 3:40 p.m. on October 23.

The accident happened close to a runway at Frederick Municipal Airport, near the intersection of Monocacy and Patrick streets. The helicopter was on a training exercise at the time, while the plane was en-route from Cleveland, Tennessee, to Frederick, Maryland.

Three people were killed in the collision. They were identified as Breandan J. MacFawn, 35, of Cumberland, Maryland, Christopher D. Parsons, 29, of Westminster, Maryland and William Jenkins, 47, of Morrison, Colorado. All of them were aboard the R44 helicopter.

Two people, including 55-year-old Graeves, of Brookeville, Maryland and 75-year-old Gilbert L. Porter of Sandy Spring, Maryland, sustained injuries in the accident. They were shifted to Meritus Medical Center’s trauma center in Hagerstown. Both of them were travelling in the single engine plane.

The helicopter belongs to a Frederick-based training company Advanced Helicopter Concepts, while the plane is registered to Graeves Auto & Appliance in Olney.

The cause of collision is under investigation.

Small Plane Lands in Emergency in a Davidson County Field

ParachuteA small Cirrus SR22 plane made an emergency landing in a field near Jerusalem and Hunter Creek roads in Davidson County, North Carolina, at around 6:25 a.m. on October 22.

The plane was on its way from Monroe to Greensboro when it started facing engine problems near High Rock Lake. According to the troopers, the pilot had to deploy a parachute for landing in emergency after the plane’s motor shut down at a height of 3,000 feet.

The parachute brought the aircraft down safely in a field. The authorities confirmed that the pilot remained uninjured.

The FAA is investigating.

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Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Benton County

A 4-seater, Cirrus plane made an emergency landing on 15th Avenue NE in Langola Township, Benton County, Minnesota, near Rice, at about 1:45 p.m. on September 7.

The incident happened when the plane was en route from the Mankato area to Breezy Point.

According to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, the single-engine plane, which was heading to St. Cloud Regional Airport, landed in emergency due to some mechanical problems.

None of the 4 people aboard, including the Pilot Craig Bureind, 52, of Chanhassen and his 3 passengers, suffered any injuries. The plane hit a telephone pole support wire during landing and was slightly damaged.

The FAA will investigate the incident.

Throttle-Control Issue Prompts Small Plane to Make Emergency Landing

CirrusA single engine Cirrus plane carrying 2 people, made an emergency landing at Santa Barbara Airport, California, at about 12:15 p.m. on June 24.

According to Santa Barbara Fire Captain Gary Pitney, the accident happened after the plane developed a throttle-control problem while preparing to land at the airport. The pilot then had to cut off the fuel supply to the engine and make a hard landing. The plane landed on the paved over-run area and then ran off before coming to stop about 300 feet from Tecolotito creek.

Pitney also said that the pilot remained in contact with the control tower during the whole time.

Both people aboard remained unharmed, although the plane sustained some minor damage.

Cirrus SR22 Crashes into Commercial Building

CirrusA Cirrus SR22 single-engine airplane crashed into the side of Colorado Custom Cabinets building, near Animas Air Park, on June 2.

The pilot Robert Bucksbaum survived unhurt, except a small bump on the back of his head.

“The plane ploughed through a chain-link fence and ran into the side of the building near the southwest end of the runway” said Bob Hansen, owner of Colorado Custom Cabinets.

Cirrus Aircraft Makes Parachute Landing in Blue Mountains, NSW

CirrusThe male pilot of the Cirrus SR22 aircraft landed the plane with a parachute in the yard of a house at Lawson, Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia, at 2.10pm on May 10.

The pilot deployed the parachute of the aircraft at 1300 meters due to reasons not yet known. He successfully avoided houses and major power lines before parachute landing.

Both the people on board miraculously survived; only one had to be transported to hospital for neck pain. However, the front fence of the house was damaged.

Sydney Flying Club president Allan Bligh said “Cirrus light planes have a handle in the cockpit which, when pulled, fires off a cover-plate and deploys a parachute”. He further said that the pilot probably used it for the first time in his life.

Cirrus claimed that by January this year 85 lives have been saved by use of these parachutes when pilots or passengers have activated the system. There are about 200 of these aircrafts registered in Australia, mostly owned by businesses for trips of up to 1800 kilometres.

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Four dead in Bahamas

A First Class Flyers LLC Cirrus SR22 with four aboard took off from Grand Bahama International Airport shortly after 11am Sunday morning November 10, 2013. Officers of the Royal Bahamas Marine and Police responded to the scene.

The plane had experienced engine trouble prior to the crash.

The plane crashed a few miles off the coast of Grand bahama Island. The names of the four Americans were not released immediately, but now the fatalities were reported as Fishers businessman Tony Wishart and Cindy Mierzwa from northern Indiana and Glen and Leslie Steiner from Arizona.

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Cirrus Crash Report Released

The NTSB has released a report on the Sept. 25 Cirrus SR20 plane crash that killed Dr. Narayan Venguswamy, a Kentucky surgeon, and his wife, Jay Venguswamy.

The plane touched down several times before it finally left the runway, veered left, descended and struck a tree, light pole and bank parking lot. Narayan Venguswamy was hospitalized at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and then Loyola University Medical Center, where he died of burns. Jay died at the scene.

The Preliminary Report is below:

NTSB Identification: CEN13FA558
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 25, 2013 in Bolingbrook, IL
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR20, registration: N406DC
Injuries: 2 Fatal.
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. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 25, 2013, about 1715 central daylight time, a Cirrus SR20 airplane, N406DC, impacted terrain after executing a go-around near Bolingbrook’s Clow International Airport, (1C5), Bolingbrook, Illinois. The pilot and one passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to GDK International LLC and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. The flight originated from Georgetown Scott County Airport (27K), Georgetown, Kentucky about 1500 and was destined for 1C5.

The airplane was captured on 1C5 airport surveillance cameras while attempting to land. A review of the video showed that the airplane touched down multiple times about half way down the runway. The airplane was observed making a left turn after takeoff, descending, and then proceeding out of camera view.

Witnesses reported seeing the airplane depart the runway and make a left turn at a low altitude. The airplane continued to descend, struck a tree and a light pole before impacting a parking lot and sidewalk. A post impact fire ensued and consumed most of the airplane.

The automated weather reporting station at Lewis University Airport which was 5 miles south of the accident site reported at 1715: wind from 070 degrees at 8 knots, 10 miles visibility, clear sky, temperature 21 degrees Celsius (C), dew point 9 degrees C, and a barometric pressure 29.94 inches of mercury.

During the on-scene examination investigators confirmed flight control continuity and that the flaps were in the retracted position. The Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) rocket and parachute were found in the main wreckage. The position of the CAPS activation handle could not be verified due to thermal damage. The parachute was found in a packed state and received thermal damage. The CAPS activation cable was examined and no stretching was found.

The airframe and engine were retained for further examination.

Crash in Bank Lot

On Sept 25, Kentucky doctor and his wife who were flying a GDK International LLC-owned Cirrus SR20 G2 to the Chicago area to attend a medical conference when their plane struck a tree, a light post and several cars in Bolingbrook. The pilot had aborted a landing, and never completed the go-around back to the airport

The wrecked plane ended up in a Chase Bank parking lot.

The plane was consumed by fire. The surgeon, Dr. Narayan Venguswamy made it out of the plane but he was burning

Witnesses tried to stifle the flames with a sweatshirt. He was hospitalized at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital then Loyola University Medical center, where he died.

His wife died at the scene. Several cares in the parking lot also caught fire.

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Emergency Landing in Colorado

Three people en route from Alamosa to Ogden made an emergency landing in a Trans Med LLC Cirrus SR22 #N426TF when they experienced some problems with the plane.

But they came in fast, bounced over a hill, rolled, etc, off the runway to a nearby road in Mack Colorado, around 6 pm September 23, 2013. I guess we could call this a runway excursion. It appears to have been quite an excursion from the runway. I suppose we are writing about it here because of the fast landing. We don’t know the problem that forced the pilot to land in Mack.

The pilot and his two passengers apparently suffered very minor injuries that did not prevent them from renting a car and driving from Grand Junction to Ogden.

The NTSB is investigating. The pilot and passengers were not mentioned by name.

Mack is a small town 10 miles east of the Colorado/Utah border in Mesa County, Colorado. We had never heard of it either.

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Treestrike Kills Pilot Short of Runway

A privately owned Cirrus SR22 en route from from Moorabbin Airport was on landing approach when it struck trees and crashed in Boxwood. The plane crashed north of Benalla a city in northeastern Victoria, Australia.

The plane impacted trees near the private airstrip.

The 51 year old pilot died at the scene.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau and CASA are investigating.

Crashed, Stolen, Force Landings on April 1 No Joke

On April 1:

  • A privately owned Reims Cessna F172E with two aboard made an emergency landing in Nome, Norway after an engine failed. Neither of the two aboard reported injury.
  • An Ultralight suffered a mechanical failure in south Surrey, BC crashed and sustained damage. The pilot parachuted out into a field of blueberries, and was injured but survived.
  • The pilot of a Beech J35 Bonanza force landed in a cornfield in northwest Davenport, Iowa after the plane suffered a mechanical failure. THe plane was damaged. The pilot was not.
  • A privately owned Cessna 210H that took off from Bullo River Station with four aboard crashed near Cape Ford in Australia. The bodies of three of the four people aboard have been recovered. Those aboard were 45-year-old electrical contractor Stuart Sceney, his 53-year-old wife Karmi Dunn, and daughters Mekdes, 12, and Kal, 15. A search continues for the wreckage and the remaining passenger. Weather conditions hampered the search.
  • A Cessna 172 Skyhawk went down with engine troubles in Juneau County swamp, Wonewoc, Wisconsin. THe pilot Seth Pripps of Rockford, Ill was uninjured. Firefighters assisted.
  • A Caicos Express Airways Cessna 402C took off from and landed at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport and suffered a nose-gear collapse. The plane is registered to Turks and Caicos Islands. The pilot was uninjured.
  • A Cirrus SR22 was reported missing/stolen from Benton Arkansas. It was found abandoned in Casscoe Arkansas. On Monday night, the plane had been scheduled to land at Saline County Airport. When officers approached, the plane took off nearly hitting a deputy.

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Parachute Saves 3 Lives in Connecticut “float”-Landing

On Jan 23, 2013, a single engine Kenyon Flight Cirrus SR20 was engaged in a training flight, Groton-Danbury, near Danbury Connecticut. Aboard was an instructor, the pilot trainee and a friend of the trainee. The pilot was on approach to Danbury Municipal Airport two miles away when the plane suffered a loss of power.

The pilot deployed a rocket-fired parachute system and floated down to land without hitting anything in a parking lot near South Street and Wixted Avenue at about 7:30 p.m. The parachute did become tangled with electrical wires.

The pilot and two passengers were injured but survived.

The parachute is being credited with saving their lives.

Power was cut to unentangle the parachute, resulting in an electrical outage that affected about a thousand homes.

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Cirrus Crashes in Gary

What: Gandy Air LLC Cirrus SR22 GTS G3 Turbo en route from Smyrna to Gary
Where: A mile SE of the Gary Chicago Int. Airport
When: Oct 3, 2012, 11:00 a.m.
Who: 2 aboard, 2 fatalities
Why: A plane that took off from Smyrna, Tenn. General Airport crashed for unknown reasons in a wooded area about 400 feet from the Lighthouse Charter School in Gary. The bodies of the two men aboard were retrieved from the scene of the crash around 5:35 p.m.

No one reported a distress signal. A witness in Gary heard the plane’s engine “sputter” before the plane crashed. Many of the 650 students of West Gary Lighthouse Charter School heard the plane come down.

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Small Plane Crash Takes Lives of Family, Friend

What: Cirrus SR22 en route from Kansas City to Springfield
Where: North of Willard, Missouri
When: Sept 15, 2012 Midnight
Who: 5 aboard, 5 fatalities
Why: The Lambert family plane crashed in a pasture just after midnight Saturday in a field near the intersection of State Highway 123 and Farm Road 81. Victims were reported a family and friend, including John M. Lambert, 44, of Springfield; Grayson Lambert, 16; McKinley Lambert, 15; Joshua Lambert, 10; and Robin E. Melton, 46, of Ozark.

The family was returning from a Kansas City Royals baseball game when their plane crashed in a farmer’s field, sending out what was described as a “sonic boom” and shooting fireballs into the sky. The plane essentially disintegrated on impact.

The family in whose farm they landed called 911 just after midnight, but no survivors were found.

The FAA is investigating.

Cirrus Ocean Crash, Birmingham Couple in Dramatic Bahama Ocean Rescue

photographer mike holten

What: M & W Aviation LLC Cirrus SR22 GTS en route from Kendall-Tamiami Executive to Port au Prince
Where: Off the coast of Andros, Bahamas
When: Jan 7 2012, 1 pm
Who: 2 aboard, no fatalities
Why: After the Cirrus engine failed, a father and daughter from Birmingham Alabama on a humanitarian mission deployed the plane’s parachute and ended up in a raft in the sea after their airplane crashed two miles off the coast of the Bahamas.

After their distress call to ATC Miami Center of Aircraft Emergency at around 12: 15 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard sent a HC-144 Ocean Sentry on reconnaissance and located their raft. Richard McGlaughlin, 59, and Elaine McGlaughlin, 25 were retrieved from their inflatable onto a Jayhawk chopper.

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Blackpool Emergency Landing

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What: Manx2 LET-410 en route from Isle of Mn to Blackpool Eng (UK)
Where: Blackpool
When: Nov 26, 2011, 11:38
Who: 9 aboard
Why: On landing at Blackpool, a tire burst.

A replacement plane flew to Blackpool with spare and maintenance crew.

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