Table of all Cirrus fatal accidents. A version of this table appears in the annual safety issue of the COPA Pilot magazine.

As of 31 July 2011, there have been 75 fatal accidents in Cirrus aircraft involving 148 fatalities, 16 serious injuries and 3 minor injuries.  For more statistical analysis, see Accident Statistics

Click on the accident sequence number to view comprehensive details about that accident.

Seq#

Location

Date

Synopsis

0

Duluth, MN

1999/03/23
N115CD
SR20(P)

Experimental test-flight accident, not included in Cirrus production fatal accidents counts, occurred during pre-production flight testing when aileron jammed.  SR20 prototype was not equipped with a CAPS parachute. Test pilot Scott Anderson is memorialized by the ANDOE waypoint for the outer marker on the ILS runway 27 approach to Duluth.

1

Sierra Vista, AZ

2001/04/10
N116CD
SR20

Non-instrument rated pilot departed  with old weather information over mountainous terrain in deteriorating weather, including mountain obscuration and icing.

2

Parish, NY

2002/04/24
N837CD
SR22

Two experienced pilots who had just picked up their new Cirrus SR22 were practicing aggressive maneuvers when the plane entered a flat spin.  Failure to deploy the parachute resulted in impact with terrain.

3

Angel Fire, NM

2002/05/28
N901CD
SR20

Plane impacted terrain near top of ridge during departure under high-density altitude conditions in an SR20.  The POH does not have takeoff distances for those conditions.

4

Las Vegas, NM

2002/11/03
N566T
SR20

Non-instrument rated pilot travelled long distances across country and impacted rising terrain under lowering cloud layer.  Altimeter read 1,000 feet above elevation of impact point.

5

Hill City, MN

2003/01/18
N9523P
SR22

Early morning night flight before sunrise under an overcast by non-instrument rated pilot.  Low altitude flight over rising terrain.

6

San Jose, CA

2003/01/23
N893MK
SR20

Plane impacted terrain during approach to Reid-Hillview airport in IMC by newly certifcated instrument-rated pilot with some ATC confusion with intended destination contributed to pilot workload.

7

Pamplona, Spain

2003/10/12
N100BR
SR22

Plane collided with trees and ground in the mountains near Pamplona, Spain, while flying under a VFR flight plan. Last radio contact was at 1,500 feet.

8

Greenwood, SC

2004/04/19
N8157J
SR20

Plane impacted terrain during takeoff by SR20 over gross weight without lowering flaps.

9

Park Falls, WI

2004/09/10
N1223S
SR22

Plane impacted river 1,000 feet short of runway during instructional flight, which may have included simulated emergency power-off descent during gusty wind conditions.

10

Belgrade, MT

2004/12/04
N1159C
SR22

Plane impacted trees while maneuvering close to mountain ridge during a photo mission with a glider.

11

Coconut Creek, FL

2005/01/15
N889JB
SR22

Pilot experienced confusion and disorientation during an IMC departure, reporting avionics problems to ATC, but also following instructions intended for another airplane.

12

Hood River, OR

2005/01/20
N6057M
SR22

Plane impacted terrain during short night VFR trip in lowering weather conditions by instructor-rated pilot returning to home field.

13

Norden, CA

2005/02/06
N286CD
SR22

Pilot reported icing at night over mountains at 16,000 feet, attempted to climb but began accelerated descent; parachute was deployed at very high speed and separated from the airframe.

14

Arco, MN

2005/12/11
N621PH
SR22

Plane impacted terrain during VFR flight in area where IMC and marginal VMC conditions prevailed. Parachute activation was due to ground impact.

15

Sylva NC

2005/12/29
N799TM
SR22

Plane impacted terrain during departure from uncontrolled airport in marginal VFR conditions with intent to pick-up IFR clearance enroute.

16

Lancaster, CA

2006/01/10
N526CD
SR20

Plane impacted terrain while student pilot and instructor were practicing return-to-airport maneuver.

17

Stuart, FL

2006/02/04
N667WP
SR22

Plane impacted ocean during an IMC positioning flight with pilot reporting instrument problems and requesting return to airport.

18

Edgewater, MD

2006/07/11
N8163Q
SR22

Plane impacted terrain during go-around after attempted landing on short 2,500 foot runway.

19

Indianapolis, IN

2006/08/28
N91MB
SR22

Passenger activated CAPS after pilot became incapacitated resulting in a high-speed impact into a shallow pond; witness reported seeing parachute in reefed condition; three passengers required back surgery and pilot suffered fatal trauma.

20

Maybell, CO

2006/09/15
N787SL
SR20

Pilot reported icing at 14,000 feet, made several altitude changes,  when ATC lost contact; plane impacted terrain at 7,100 feet and a portion of fuselage was dragged by parachute for 2 miles across Colorado/Wyoming border; parachute believed to have been deployed by impact forces.

21

Manhattan, NY

2006/10/11
N929CD
SR20

Cory Lidle and CFI Tyler Stanger impacted an apartment building in Manhattan, NY, while flying VFR in the Hudson River corridor.

22

Meadview,  AZ

2006/10/25
N121LD
SR22

Pilot reported icing at 13,000 feet and impacted terrain in flat attitude; parachute was deployed by impact forces.

23

Statesville NC

2006/10/27
N963CD
SR22

Plane impacted terrain following go-around after ILS approach in IMC conditions.

24

Huntersville, NC

2006/11/30
N665CD
SR22

Plane impacted terrain during night IMC approach where pilot made several erratic maneuvers failing to turn to the approach, descending below descent path, changed airspeed and heading.

25

Young, AZ

2006/12/17
N457S
SR22

Plane impacted terrain while flying VFR in mountainous terrain in dark night conditions with IMC conditions and freezing level of 6,500 feet in the area.

26

Greenland

2007/02/02
N901SR
SR20

Ferry pilot reported loss of oil pressure and maneuvered towards island in vicinty of Greenland, ditched the airplane, but was found dead in water with broken leg.

27

Queenstown, South Africa

2007/03/16
ZS-XPS
SR22

Pilot attempted approach and landing in IMC. (South African accident, not in NTSB database)

28

Spirit River, AB, Canada

2007/08/13
C-GIOO
SR22

Plane impacted terrain while flying VFR in low ceilings over rising terrain.

29

New Windsor, NY

2007/11/21
N108GD
SR20

Plane impacted terrain during second approach in low visibility and low ceilings about 2 am

30

Fairbault, MN

2007/11/25
N482SR
SR22

Plane impacted terrain adjacent to the runway in gusty wind conditions, reportedly during a second landing attempt or aborted landing

31

Jagel, Germany

2007/11/28
N141CD
SR20

Plane impacted power lines at night while flying parallel to a highway in low ceilings, reportedly attempting to contact the nearby military airport

32

Gurupi, Brazil

2007/12/19
PR-OGM
SR22

Plane impacted terrain during landing when wing tip hit the ground and the plane cartwheeled

33

Paso Robles, CA

2007/12/30
N254SR
SR22

Plane impacted terrain after low altitude maneuvers, including barrel roll described by witnesses

34

Lindsay, OK

2008/02/02
N824BJ
SR22

Plane impacted terrain while maneuvering near airport due to inadvertent stall/spin while making base turn.

35

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2008/03/02
PR-IAO
SR22

Plane impacted building near airport after smoke observed from engine; reports suggest plane was misfueld with Jet-A because of confusion with "turbo" designation

36

Front Royal, VA

2008/03/15
N141SR
SR22

Plane impacted terrain soon after departure at night with low ceilings in location not consistent with Departure Procedure for the airport

37

Waxhaw, NC

2008/03/20
N615WM
SR22

Plane impacted terrain during maneuvers to land at private airstrip

38

Big Bear, CA

2008/04/08
N868PC
SR22

Plane impacted terrain during VFR approach to mountain airport in low IMC and freezing conditions

39

Hemphill, TX

2008/04/22
N729SR
SR22

Plane impacted water during IFR flight after flying NORDO for over an hour

40

Rock Springs, WY

2008/08/10
N8341
SR22

Mid-air collision with a VFR aircraft while on IFR approach

41

Woodruff, WI

2008/09/11
N193BS
SR22

Plane impacted terrain during approach to landing in low ceilings

42

Zurich, Switzerland

2008/10/22
N467BD
SR22

Plane impacted terrain on airport after deviating due to alternator failure  and maneuvering to land with low ceilings.

43

Tallahasse, FL

2008/11/13
N827GM
SR22

Plane impacted two cars and a house on IFR approach; ATC reported heading deviation during approach.

44

Cherbourg, France

2008/11/15
N224AG
SR22

Pilot flying VFR over clouds from England to Jersey in Channel Islands; impacted water at high speed after descending in cruise.

45

Moncks Corners SC

2009/01/29
N224SB
SR22

Impacted terrain short of runway during forced landing after declaring an emergency due to smoke and fumes in cockpit

46

Menomonie, WI

2009/01/30
N495LV
SR20

Impacted terrain with post-impact fire in weather conditions likely to produce icing

47

Deltona, FL

2009/02/17
N493DA
SR20

Apparent practice stall/spin; parachute was deployed at very low altitude and did not fully inflate

48

Itzehoe, Germany

2009/02/24
D-EPDK
SR22

Impacted terrain under unknown circumstances, suspected VFR into IMC accident

49

Tizin Tichka, Morocco

2009/04/24
N45GH
SR22

Impacted terrain under unknown circumstances while flying near a mountain pass with high winds aloft

50

Mt. Ainos, Greece

2009/04/28
4X-CWN
SR22

Impacted mountainous  terrain while attempting to exit VFR in IMC conditions and possible icing

51

Mayfield, Ohio

2009/04/28
N504MD
SR22

Impacted terrain shortly after departure in IMC while attempting a return to airport under unknown circumstances

52

Crystal, MN

2009/06/16
N214BN
SR22

Impacted terrain and burst into flames while landing

53

Perrigny France

2009/07/18
N752CD
SR22

Impacted terrain under unknown conditions, suspected VFR into IMC accident

54

Ravenswood, WV

2009/07/30
N581DS
SR22

Impacted terrain after flying past intended destination NORDO at FL250, plane intercepted and pilot observed unresponsive

55

Rock Hill, SC

2009/09/11
N922XX
SR22

Impacted terrain short of the runway while maneuvering back to airport under unknown circumstances

56

Oberbarnim, Germany

2009/12/10
D-EYAT
SR20

Impacted terrain in IMC under unknown circumstances after pilot reported a problem.

57

Gulf of Mexico, USA

2009/12/15
N723LJ
SR22

Loss of radio contact 140 nm southwest of St Petersburg; Coast Guard called of search after two days

58

Boulder, CO

2010/02/06
N825BC
SR20

Midair collision with tow plane and glider; CAPS deployed and descended with flaming wreckage

59

Morton, WA

2010/03/19
N224GS
SR22

Pilot heard on radio issuing Mayday dead-stick no-engine; plane impacted trees and landed in driveway

60

Tuscaloosa, AL

2010/05/10
N424LF
SR22

Plane crashed near end of runway after maneuvering on final approach

61

Buttonville, Ontario

2010/05/25
C-GYPJ
SR20

Plane crashed into industrial building shortly after departure from Buttonville Airport; smoke reported from engine

62

Xalatlaco, Mexico

2010/05/28
XB-TXT
SR20

Plane crashed in forested area five minutes after departure; fog and mist conditions were reported.

63

Bielefeld, Germany

2010/05/31
SP-AVC
SR22

Plane impacted terrain while on approach in bad weather to VFR-only airport

64

Caldwell NJ

2010/07/05
N764CD
SR22

Plane impacted ground during go-around after propeller strike left four marks and a portion of a blade on runway

65

Chapel Hill, NC

2010/07/12
N527MJ
SR20

Plane impacted trees off the runway after porposie during landing and attempted go-around where plane never left the ground

66

Phoenix, AZ

2010/08/04
N146CK
SR22

Plane crashed into industrial area after stall/spin during low-level pattern to return to close open door

67

Sundre, Albetra, Canada

2010/09/24
C-FGLA
SR22

Plane crashed during maneuvers at low altitude with two new owners and prior owner in airplane

68

Agua Dulce, CA

2010/10/21
N427MC
SR22

Plane crashed into horse corrall during VFR-into-IMC maneuvering attempting to fly from Van Nuys to desert in mountain obscuration conditions

69

Guatemala

2011/01/10
N431SR
SR20

Plane crashed after go-around at high-altitude sloping runway

70

South Bend, IN

2011/04/04
N847C
SR22

Plane cartwheeled during landing when wing tip impacted the ground

71

Asturias Airport, Spain

2011/06/06
SP-AVD
SR22

Plane crashed into trees during apparent attempts at landing in bad weather; possible VFR in IMC or mid-air collision

72

Columbus, OH

2011/06/19
N526PG
SR22

Plane crashed left of runway immediately after takeoff into 500' ceilings

73

Cairo Montenotte, Italy

2011/06/23
LX-MPR
SR20

Plane crashed into terrain during a VFR flight; possible VFR in IMC

74

Palm Bay, FL

2011/07/23
N122HB
SR22

Plane tumbled during off-airport landing in grassy field after pilot reported problems and told ATC of an off-site landing

75

Grand Canyon, AZ

2011/07/30
N365DP
SR20

Plane impacted terrain at night for unknown reasons