Accident Cirrus SR22 GTS G-SRTT, Saturday 9 June 2018
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Date:Saturday 9 June 2018
Time:11:40 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SR22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cirrus SR22 GTS
Registration: G-SRTT
MSN: 2421
Year of manufacture:2007
Engine model:Teledyne Continental IO-550-N46
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Duck Lane, Benington, Hertfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:North Weald Airport (EGSX)
Destination airport:Repton/Gamston Airport (EGNE)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Cirrus SR-22 GTS force landed in a field off Duck Lane, Benington, Hertfordshre, following a Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) deployment.
The pilot reported that he was conducting a VFR flight from North Weald Airfield to Retford Gamston Airfield and was accompanied by a passenger, who also held a private pilot’s licence. The wind was approximately 5 knots from 070 degrees. Approximately six minutes into the flight, and while at a cruise height of approximately 1,500 ft agl, the engine oil low pressure warning light illuminated. The engine oil pressure gauge, which would normally have indicated 45 to 50 psi, indicated approximately 9 psi. The pilot reduced the engine power, which reduced the airspeed from approximately 130 to 90 knots, and made a turn with the intention of returning to North Weald.

Shortly after the pilot informed Farnborough Radar of his engine problem and intentions, the engine started to run rough, there was a loss of power and grey smoke and oil started to come out from the engine cowlings. At this stage the pilot had entered a shallow descent in order to maintain his airspeed. The rough running developed into severe banging, there was a further loss of engine power and the smoke became denser to the extent that the pilot had difficulty in seeing through the windscreen. The aircraft was now at a height of approximately 1,100 ft agl and while there were a number of large fields within glide range, with the smoke obscuring his forward visibility the pilot was not confident that he could make a safe landing. He was also concerned that an engine fire might develop.

The passenger, on the pilot’s instructions, made a MAYDAY call to Farnborough Radar while the pilot checked that the area below the aircraft was clear and operated the Cirrus Aircraft Parachute System (CAPS) at a height of approximately 800 ft agl.

The CAPS operated normally, and the aircraft descended into a field on the eastern edge of the village of Benington. The pilot and passenger were uninjured"

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the above AAIB report "Minor damage to fuselage at the lower left engine mount and where the CAPS cables pulled out of the structure; engine severely damaged". However, despite the AAIB report of "minor" damage, it was appear that G-SRTT was later deemed as "damaged beyond economic repair", as the registration was cancelled by the CAA on 8 February 2019 as "destroyed"

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: EW/G2018/06/09
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


1. AAIB Report:


Revision history:

09-Jun-2018 13:14 harro Added
09-Jun-2018 14:08 Geno Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Embed code]
09-Jun-2018 17:01 Aerossurance Updated [Location]
10-Jun-2018 07:03 ANON Updated [Total occupants, Departure airport]
13-Jun-2018 10:13 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Source, Embed code]
13-Jun-2018 22:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
10-Sep-2018 11:50 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
14-Mar-2019 19:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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