Accident Cirrus SR22 GTS X G3 Turbo SP-AVD, Monday 6 June 2011
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Date:Monday 6 June 2011
Time:14:08 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SR22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cirrus SR22 GTS X G3 Turbo
Owner/operator:APA Kuryłowicz & Associates
Registration: SP-AVD
MSN: 3365
Year of manufacture:2008
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:0,5 km from Asturias Airport (LEAS) -   Spain
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:San Sebastián-Fuenterrabia Airport (EAS/LESO)
Destination airport:Maia-Vilar Da Luz Airport (LPVL)
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The aircraft, a Cirrus SR22, registered SP-AVD and two other accompanying aircraft (among which a Cessna 182T SP-CFM) had departed from San Sebastián airport (LESO) at 12:00 local time. The three of them were flying under visual flight rules (VFR), using the coast line as reference, and their planned destination was Maia airport (LPVL), in Vilar da Luz (Portugal).
At 13:51, in the vicinity of Asturias Airport (LEAS), the Air Traffic Control Tower personnel observed via radar that the aircraft was getting progressively close to the Minimum Descent Altitude. The airport had activated, due to foggy weather conditions, its low visibility procedure (LVP).

Around 14:00, ATC Tower called the aircraft getting no response. Ten minutes later, SAR was notified that SP-AVD emergency locator transmitter signal was activated. At 14:55, the aircraft was sighted by an Principality of Asturias Fire Fighting Service helicopter at Mount Bayas, 450m away from the threshold of airport runway 11.

The accident was caused by the pilot's entering into IMC despite not having an IFR rating, leading to spatial disorientation in the pilot due to the absence of external references.
The investigation revealed that the airplane struck several treetops while airborne. The pilot then deployed the emergency parachute but at an altitude that was insufficient for it to have any effect. This caused the airplane to spin out of control to the left in a nosedown attitude.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Report number: A-015/2011
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Sources:,2/stefan-kurylowicz-zginal-w-katastrofie-awionetek,213436.html (photo)


Revision history:

06-Jun-2011 10:38 gferran Added
06-Jun-2011 10:41 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
06-Jun-2011 13:28 TB Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source]
06-Jun-2011 14:36 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
28-Jul-2011 12:23 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
28-Jul-2011 12:30 harro Updated [Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Jan-2013 03:01 Anon. Updated [Operator, Narrative]
09-May-2020 14:13 harro Updated [Other fatalities, Source, Accident report, ]
11-Nov-2022 20:25 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Category]

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