This crash reported in this topic
happened in VMC conditions. The preliminary report is out.NTSB Identification: ERA15FA330
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, August 27, 2015 in Alabaster, AL
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR22, registration: N1116C
Injuries: 1 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 August 27, 2015, about 1906 central daylight time, a Cirrus SR22, N1116C, was destroyed when it impacted trees and terrain while on the final leg of the traffic pattern at Shelby County Airport (EET), Alabaster, Alabama. The airplane was owned by Hard Times LLC and operated by a private individual. The private pilot was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed for the personal flight. The flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight originated from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM), Birmingham, Alabama, about 1830.
According to witnesses, the airplane was flying "very low" on the final leg of the traffic pattern and then it descended "straight down." In addition, it sounded like the airplane was having "throttle issues," and the engine noise "just stopped."
According to first responders, after impacting the ground, a postimpact fire ensued, and the ballistic parachute system rocket was seen and heard launching out of the wreckage a few minutes after the impact.
The main wreckage was located about 1700 feet from the approach end of the runway on the extended centerline. The airplane impacted several trees that were approximately 40 feet tall prior to impacting the ground. The airplane came to rest in a nose down attitude about 10 feet from the initial tree strikes. A postimpact fire ensued, which partially consumed the wings, fuselage, and empennage. All components of the airplane were located in the immediate vicinity of the wreckage. In addition, control continuity was established from all flight control surfaces to their respective cockpit controls through impact fractures and separations.
The engine remained attached to the fuselage and exhibited thermal damage near Cylinder No. 2. The propeller was impact separated from the crankshaft at the propeller flange, and exhibited chordwise scratching, tip tearing, and leading edge gouges on the blades.
The engine was retained for further examination. In addition, the Avidyne primary flight display, multifunction display, and DFC 90 Autopilot were retained and sent to the NTSB Recorders Laboratory for data download.