Accident Cirrus SR22 GTS N621JE,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 228330
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Date:Monday 19 August 2019
Type:Silhouette image of generic SR22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cirrus SR22 GTS
Owner/operator:Trident Aircraft
Registration: N621JE
MSN: 2168
Year of manufacture:2006
Total airframe hrs:614 hours
Engine model:Continental IO-550
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Tappahannock–Essex County Airport (KXSA), VA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Richmond International Airport (Byrd Field), VA (RIC/KRIC)
Destination airport:Easton Airport, MD (ESN/KESN)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that, during a cross-country flight in night visual meteorological conditions, he noticed fumes in the cockpit upon reaching a cruise altitude of 3,500 ft mean sea level. He reported the fumes to air traffic control and diverted to the nearest airport. Shortly thereafter, he noticed smoke in the cockpit and attempted to land at the diversion airport, but the airplane was too high to land, and he performed a go-around. After the first landing attempt, he turned off the air conditioner and electrical system and attempted to land again but was unable to do so due to the darkness and smoke in the cockpit. He subsequently decided to deploy the airframe parachute system. The pilot did not recall anything else due to his injuries.

Examination of the wreckage and the airplane's non-volatile memory did not reveal any preimpact electrical or mechanical anomalies that would have resulted in smoke in the cabin; therefore, the reason for the reported fumes and smoke could not be determined.

Probable Cause: The pilot's inability to land on the runway in dark night conditions with reported smoke in the cockpit, which necessitated the deployment of the airplane's parachute system.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA19FA251
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 9 months
Download report: Final report



FAA register:



Photo: NTSB

Revision history:

19-Aug-2019 12:45 gerard57 Added
19-Aug-2019 14:00 RobertMB Updated [Location, Source]
19-Aug-2019 16:04 KPryor Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
19-Aug-2019 16:06 harro Updated [Registration, Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
19-Aug-2019 18:12 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
19-Aug-2019 18:53 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
19-Aug-2019 19:29 Geno Updated [Source, Narrative]
19-Aug-2019 21:34 RobertMB Updated [Source, Narrative]
08-Jun-2020 08:37 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Accident report, ]
08-Jun-2020 09:50 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Photo, Accident report, ]

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