Accident Cirrus. SR-20 N244CD, 16 Mar 2002
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 297505
 
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Date:16-MAR-2002
Time:12:40 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SR20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cirrus. SR-20
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N244CD
MSN: 1140
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Lexington, Kentucky -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Lexington-Blue Grass Airport, KY (LEX/KLEX)
Destination airport:Lexington-Blue Grass Airport, KY (LEX/KLEX)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The instrument rated pilot and passenger departed into instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) and intended to practice some instrument approaches. Shortly after takeoff, the pilot reported a turn coordinator failure. The turn coordinator indicated a left bank regardless of control inputs and the pilot became disoriented. The airplane was equipped with a Cirrus Airplane Parachute System (CAPS). The pilot stated he pulled the CAPS activation handle repeatedly; however, the cable did not extend and "nothing seemed to happen." The airplane broke out of the cloud layer, and the pilot performed an emergency landing to a field. Witnesses near the accident site reported that the CAPS parachute deployed after ground contact. Post accident testing of the wreckage did not reveal any pre-impact instrumentation, or autopilot failures. The CAPS system also functioned normally; however, it was noted that the pull forces to activate the CAPS parachute varied significantly.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control. Factors in this accident were the undetermined failure of the turn coordinator, as reported by the pilot, and the instrument meteorological conditions.

Sources:

NTSB NYC02LA071

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year 1 month
Download report: Final report
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