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Narrative:A Cirrus SR22, N424LF, collided with the ground while maneuvering on final approach to runway 22 at Tuscaloosa Regional Airport (TCL), Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The pilot was receiving flight following services from air traffic control along his route of flight. The private pilot and one passenger were killed. The flight originated from Kendall - Tamiami Executive Airport (TMB), Miami, Florida, at 1704 eastern daylight time (EDT).
Cirrus SR22 GTS
|Owner/operator:||Dagmar Transport LLC|
|C/n / msn:|| 1583|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Tuscaloosa Regional Airport (KTCL), AL -
United States of America
|Departure airport:||Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport - KTMB|
|Destination airport:||Tuscaloosa Regional Airport - KTCL|
Review of transcripts between the pilot of N424LF and Birmingham Approach Control revealed the pilot contacted the controller at 1914 CDT. The pilot stated he was at 4,500 feet and that he was going to Tuscaloosa for a full-stop landing. The pilot was provided a transponder code and radar identified 12 miles south of Bibb County Airport. At 1924, Birmingham approach terminated radar services and provided the radio frequency to Tuscaloosa tower.
Review of transcripts between the pilot of N424LF and Tuscaloosa air traffic control tower revealed the pilot contacted the tower at 1925 and reported that he was 12 miles out, inbound for a full-stop landing. The controller instructed the pilot to report "your base leg to runway 22." The pilot replied, "Uh okay runway two twos going to be a straight in for us uh sir." The controller replied, "How about a three mile straight in final to runway two two." The pilot replied, "You got it three mile straight in for runway two two." At 1927, the pilot informed the controller that he had a visual on the airport, that he was too close and that he needed to make a 360-degree turn to lose altitude. The controller approved the turn and instructed the pilot to report when back on final to runway 22. At 1929, the pilot informed the controller he had completed the turn and he was on a 3-mile final to runway 22. The controller issued a clearance to land and the pilot acknowledged the clearance. There was no further communication between the pilot and the controller.
According to the controller's statement, the pilot acknowledged the clearance to land. He scanned the runway, checked that the runway lights were set to pilot control lighting, and looked for the airplane on final approach. He observed the airplane well left of course on short final, in a turn that subsequently took the airplane right of course. The airplane was about 50 feet from the end of the runway when the left wing dipped and the airplane appeared to flip-over and collide with the ground.
A witness located at the airport stated he heard the pilot say over the aircraft radio that he was going to make a 360-degree turn. The controller instructed the pilot to land on runway 22. It appeared to the witness that the pilot was coming in on runway 29. The witness heard the engine rev up. It looked as if the pilot was trying to turn back to runway 22, and the airplane entered a nose-dive straight into the ground.
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