Accident Cirrus SR22 GTS TC N404PE, Thursday 22 August 2019
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Date:Thursday 22 August 2019
Type:Silhouette image of generic SR22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cirrus SR22 GTS TC
Owner/operator:Air Two LLC
Registration: N404PE
MSN: 2429
Year of manufacture:2007
Total airframe hrs:3187 hours
Engine model:Continental TSIO-550-K-1B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Burnsville, NC -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Donaldson Center Airport, SC (KGYH/GYH)
Destination airport:Medina Municipal Airport, OH (1G5)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot stated that he obtained a thorough weather briefing that included a Convective SIGMET with embedded thunderstorms and AIRMETs for instrument flight rules conditions and icing in effect along the intended route of flight. While in cruise flight with the student pilot passenger at the flight controls, the pilot selected a heading that would take the airplane “on top of” and “between” two developing storm cells as depicted on the satellite radar imagery displayed in the cockpit. Upon entering the clouds, the airplane encountered turbulence and descended about 11,000 ft in about 36 seconds before the pilot regained control at an altitude below surrounding terrain. As the pilot increased engine power to climb above the terrain, the engine lost total power, and he deployed the airframe parachute. The airplane descended under canopy and came to rest in trees, resulting in substantial damage.

Review of weather information indicated that, before the upset, the airplane entered an area of radar echoes with reflectivities of 46.5 dBZ and likely encountered strong updrafts, severe turbulence, and severe icing associated with the thunderstorm activity. The pilot’s decision to use the airplane’s onboard satellite weather information, which has known latencies that can result in outdated data, for tactical weather avoidance resulted in the airplane encountering these conditions and the pilot’s loss of airplane control.

Examination of onboard data and the engine magnetos revealed that the engine experienced an overspeed during the uncontrolled descent, which resulted in the catastrophic failure of both magnetos and the subsequent total loss of engine power.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s reliance on latent satellite weather imagery for tactical weather avoidance, which resulted in flight into thunderstorms and a loss of control. Also causal was an engine overspeed during the uncontrolled descent, which resulted in catastrophic damage to the magnetos and a total loss of engine power.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA19LA257
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 6 months
Download report: Final report

Sources: (accident flight) (photo)



Photo: NTSB

Revision history:

22-Aug-2019 22:08 Captain Adam Added
22-Aug-2019 23:52 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Damage, Narrative]
23-Aug-2019 16:04 RobertMB Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
28-Apr-2022 04:31 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Accident report, Photo]

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