Accident Cirrus SR22 N849CD,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 180457
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Date:Friday 16 October 2015
Type:Silhouette image of generic SR22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cirrus SR22
Owner/operator:Ataee Mahmood
Registration: N849CD
MSN: 0224
Year of manufacture:2002
Total airframe hrs:832 hours
Engine model:Continental IO-550 SERIES
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Near Lancaster Regional Airport (KLNC), Lancaster, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Waxahachie, TX (JWY)
Destination airport:Lancaster, TX (LNC)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The private pilot reported that he was flying a night visual pattern to a nontowered airport. Due to another airplane on final approach, the pilot extended the downwind leg to create spacing. While on the extended final in a rural area with low lighting, the pilot descended the airplane well below a proper glidepath to the runway and struck an unlit high-voltage power line located about 1 mile from the runway. After feeling a jolt, the passenger deployed the airframe’s parachute system. The airplane subsequently became suspended in a second set of power lines, and the pilot and passenger safely egressed the airplane.
At the time of the accident, the precision approach path indicators (PAPI) for both runways were inoperative due to maintenance. A notice to airmen (NOTAM) for the PAPI closure was active at the time of the accident, and the pilot was aware of the NOTAM. The dark conditions and extended final likely created a visual illusion in which the pilot thought he was higher than he was; without an operative PAPI, the pilot had limited external references to assist him in maintaining a proper glidepath during the approach.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain a proper glidepath during a night visual approach, which resulted in impact with a power line. Contributing to the accident was an inoperative precision approach path indicator.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN16LA016
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

17-Oct-2015 06:58 Geno Added
19-Oct-2015 16:53 Geno Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
01-Dec-2017 15:29 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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