Accident Cirrus SR22 N818GM,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 215875
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Date:Sunday 30 September 2018
Type:Silhouette image of generic SR22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cirrus SR22
Registration: N818GM
MSN: 0256
Year of manufacture:2002
Total airframe hrs:1334 hours
Engine model:Continental IO-550N
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Addison Airport (KADS), Dallas, TX -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Dallas, TX (ADS)
Destination airport:Waco, TX (ACT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The private pilot and flight instructor were conducting a cross-country instructional flight. During departure and while climbing through 2,800 ft mean sea level, the pilot and instructor noticed multiple avionics malfunctions and initiated a turn back toward the airport. While the airplane was turning, the engine lost all power, and the pilots noted indications of a fire. Because they were unable to find a suitable area for a forced landing, the pilot activated the airplane's parachute system. The airplane descended under the parachute into a parking lot, and the main wing spar sustained substantial damage.
Examination of the engine revealed that the engine exhaust muffler attachment hardware was not secured correctly, which allowed the exhaust collector to freely rotate. A hole near the lower right engine cowling was consistent with escaping hot exhaust gas. Several components in the right forward side of the firewall were thermally damaged, and both magneto p-leads were shorted against the engine’s metal mount frame. The thermal damage interrupted both magnetos’ function, which resulted in the loss of engine power.
During a pre-buy inspection of the airplane, the No. 1 cylinder base O-ring was replaced. The work order, dated 3 days before the accident, required removal of the muffler. During the muffler reinstallation, maintenance personnel likely did not correctly install the attachment hardware, which resulted in the muffler separating in flight, thermal damage that interrupted the magnetos’ function, and the subsequent loss of engine power.

Probable Cause: Maintenance personnel’s improper installation of the muffler attachment hardware, which resulted in the muffler separating in flight, thermal damage that interrupted the magnetos’ function, and the subsequent total loss of engine power.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN18LA392
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 6 months
Download report: Final report


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Revision history:

30-Sep-2018 19:23 Geno Added
30-Sep-2018 19:46 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code]
19-Apr-2020 07:02 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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