Accident Cirrus SR22 GTS X G3 Turbo N424SW,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 310048
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Date:Sunday 2 April 2023
Type:Silhouette image of generic SR22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cirrus SR22 GTS X G3 Turbo
Owner/operator:Prestige Worldwide SR22 LLC
Registration: N424SW
MSN: 3380
Year of manufacture:2009
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Oxbow, OR -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Caldwell Industrial Airport, ID (KEUL)
Destination airport:Lewiston/Nez Perce County Airport, ID (KLWS)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On April 2, 2023, at 0950 Pacific daylight time, a Cirrus Design Corporation SR22, N424SW, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Oxbow, Oregon. The pilot and the passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The accident airplane departed Caldwell Executive Airport (EUL), Caldwell, Idaho about 0930 under visual flight rules, with the intended destination of Lewiston Nez/Perce County Airport (LWS), Lewiston, Idaho. The pilot contacted Big Sky Approach Control at 0934, while heading north at an altitude of 11,900 ft msl and requested flight following. The controller issued a discrete transponder code but did not provide the pilot with an altimeter setting and did not radar identify N424SW. No further communication was observed between the pilot and the controller. The pilot departed 11,900 ft msl and climbed for 38 nm to an altitude of 14,000 ft msl. Shortly after, the airplane made a sharp left turn, and a rapid descent ensued.

Witnesses on the ground near the accident site, reported hearing the airplane flying in the area, and looked up in the direction of the sound. However, they could not see the airplane or the 4,500 ft peak of a nearby mountain as they were obscured by clouds.

Baker City Municipal (BKE), Baker City, Oregon, was 40 nm west of the accident site. The BKE meteorological aerodrome report indicated that about the time of the accident, the cloud layer was broken at 4,300 ft msl and overcast at 5,500 ft msl. Airman’s Meteorological Information (AIRMET) Zulu was in effect at the time of the accident and indicated icing in the area with cloud tops at 14,000 ft msl.

Witnesses observed the accident airplane descending through the clouds rapidly, in a nose down profile, followed by the impact in mountainous terrain. A postimpact fire ensued and was extinguished by area precipitation. One witness reported that nearly 6 minutes after the initial impact, an empty parachute could be seen descending through the clouds. The airplane wreckage was taken to a secure facility for further examination.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: WPR23FA141
Status: Preliminary report
Download report: Preliminary report


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Revision history:

02-Apr-2023 21:59 Captain Adam Added
06-Mar-2024 14:07 ASN Updated

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