Accident Cirrus SR20 N614CD, Wednesday 16 December 2015
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Date:Wednesday 16 December 2015
Type:Silhouette image of generic SR20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cirrus SR20
Owner/operator:Atlantic Airways
Registration: N614CD
MSN: 1473
Year of manufacture:2004
Total airframe hrs:1745 hours
Engine model:Continental IO-360
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Jefferson County, west Wheatland, WV -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Leesburg, VA (JYO)
Destination airport:Winchester, VA (OKV)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The student pilot and flight instructor were practicing maneuvers, followed by takeoffs and landings. After successfully practicing slow flight, the student performed a power-off stall by slowly elevating the nose until the airplane stalled. The airplane banked right, and the student let go of the stick while applying full left rudder. The airplane then rolled over to the right and began to spin nose down. After two rotations, the flight instructor activated the airplane’s parachute system. The student added that he had practiced turning stalls on at least two previous occasions in a different make and model airplane and that, in that airplane, it was easy to recover from those stalls. The flight instructor provided a similar statement about the accident sequence. During the landing, the airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and right elevator.
Examination of the wreckage did not reveal any evidence of preimpact mechanical malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation. The roll trim, pitch trim, and aileron-rudder interconnect were all in their proper positions. Further, the airplane was last flown 4 days before the accident flight by the operator’s chief flight instructor. He reported that the previous flight included both power-on and power-off stalls and that he did not notice anything unusual about the airplane or its handling characteristics during that flight.
The student had not flown for about 2 months before the accident and had accrued only 1 flight hour during the 90-day period before the accident. He had accumulated a total flight experience of 81 hours, of which 19 hours were in the accident airplane make and model. Data downloaded from the primary flight display, autopilot computer, and a multifunction display revealed that there was right yaw before the stall. It is likely that the student did not adequately control yaw before the stall due to his lack of recent experience and lack of experience in the make and model airplane, which resulted in a right roll and spin. Additionally, the instructor did not correct the yaw before the stall and did not recover the airplane as it began to enter a spin.

Probable Cause: The flight instructor's inadequate remedial action and the student pilot's failure to maintain yaw control while practicing a stall, which resulted in an unintentional spin.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA16LA070
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 11 months
Download report: Final report


FAA register:



Photo: FAA

Revision history:

17-Dec-2015 02:33 Geno Added
17-Dec-2015 16:36 Geno Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
28-Nov-2018 14:43 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]
28-Nov-2018 19:05 harro Updated [Source, Narrative, Photo]

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