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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2004/04/19 N8157J SR20
Plane impacted terrain during takeoff by SR20 over gross weight without lowering flaps.
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.
2004/12/04 N1159C SR22
Plane impacted trees while maneuvering close to mountain ridge during a photo mission with a glider.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006/01/10 N526CD SR20
Plane impacted terrain while student pilot and instructor were practicing return-to-airport maneuver.
2006/02/04 N667WP SR22
Plane impacted ocean during an IMC positioning flight with pilot reporting instrument problems and requesting return to airport.
2006/07/11 N8163Q SR22
Plane impacted terrain during go-around after attempted landing on short 2,500 foot runway.
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.
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.
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.
2006/10/25 N121LD SR22
Pilot reported icing at 13,000 feet and impacted terrain in flat attitude; parachute was deployed by impact forces.
2006/10/27 N963CD SR22
Plane impacted terrain following go-around after ILS approach in IMC conditions.
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.
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.
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.
Queenstown, South Africa
2007/03/16 ZS-XPS SR22
Pilot attempted approach and landing in IMC. (South African accident, not in NTSB database)
Spirit River, AB, Canada
2007/08/13 C-GIOO SR22
Plane impacted terrain while flying VFR in low ceilings over rising terrain.
New Windsor, NY
2007/11/21 N108GD SR20
Plane impacted terrain during second approach in low visibility and low ceilings about 2 am
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
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
2007/12/19 PR-OGM SR22
Plane impacted terrain during landing when wing tip hit the ground and the plane cartwheeled
Paso Robles, CA
2007/12/30 N254SR SR22
Plane impacted terrain after low altitude maneuvers, including barrel roll described by witnesses
2008/02/02 N824BJ SR22
Plane impacted terrain while maneuvering near airport due to inadvertent stall/spin while making base turn.
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
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
2008/03/20 N615WM SR22
Plane impacted terrain during maneuvers to land at private airstrip
Big Bear, CA
2008/04/08 N868PC SR22
Plane impacted terrain during VFR approach to mountain airport in low IMC and freezing conditions
2008/04/22 N729SR SR22
Plane impacted water during IFR flight after flying NORDO for over an hour
Rock Springs, WY
2008/08/10 N8341 SR22
Mid-air collision with a VFR aircraft while on IFR approach
2008/09/11 N193BS SR22
Plane impacted terrain during approach to landing in low ceilings
2008/10/22 N467BD SR22
Plane impacted terrain on airport after deviating due to alternator failure and maneuvering to land with low ceilings.
2008/11/13 N827GM SR22
Plane impacted two cars and a house on IFR approach; ATC reported heading deviation during approach.
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.
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
2009/01/30 N495LV SR20
Impacted terrain with post-impact fire in weather conditions likely to produce icing
2009/02/17 N493DA SR20
Apparent practice stall/spin; parachute was deployed at very low altitude and did not fully inflate
2009/02/24 D-EPDK SR22
Impacted terrain under unknown circumstances, suspected VFR into IMC accident
Tizin Tichka, Morocco
2009/04/24 N45GH SR22
Impacted terrain under unknown circumstances while flying near a mountain pass with high winds aloft
Mt. Ainos, Greece
2009/04/28 4X-CWN SR22
Impacted mountainous terrain while attempting to exit VFR in IMC conditions and possible icing
2009/04/28 N504MD SR22
Impacted terrain shortly after departure in IMC while attempting a return to airport under unknown circumstances
2009/06/16 N214BN SR22
Impacted terrain and burst into flames while landing
2009/07/18 N752CD SR22
Impacted terrain under unknown conditions, suspected VFR into IMC accident
2009/07/30 N581DS SR22
Impacted terrain after flying past intended destination NORDO at FL250, plane intercepted and pilot observed unresponsive
Rock Hill, SC
2009/09/11 N922XX SR22
Impacted terrain short of the runway while maneuvering back to airport under unknown circumstances
2009/12/10 D-EYAT SR20
Impacted terrain in IMC under unknown circumstances after pilot reported a problem.
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
2010/02/06 N825BC SR20
Midair collision with tow plane and glider; CAPS deployed and descended with flaming wreckage
2010/03/19 N224GS SR22
Pilot heard on radio issuing Mayday dead-stick no-engine; plane impacted trees and landed in driveway
2010/05/10 N424LF SR22
Plane crashed near end of runway after maneuvering on final approach
2010/05/25 C-GYPJ SR20
Plane crashed into industrial building shortly after departure from Buttonville Airport; smoke reported from engine
2010/05/28 XB-TXT SR20
Plane crashed in forested area five minutes after departure; fog and mist conditions were reported.
2010/05/31 SP-AVC SR22
Plane impacted terrain while on approach in bad weather to VFR-only airport
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
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
2010/08/04 N146CK SR22
Plane crashed into industrial area after stall/spin during low-level pattern to return to close open door
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
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
2011/01/10 N431SR SR20
Plane crashed after go-around at high-altitude sloping runway
South Bend, IN
2011/04/04 N847C SR22
Plane cartwheeled during landing when wing tip impacted the ground
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
2011/06/19 N526PG SR22
Plane crashed left of runway immediately after takeoff into 500' ceilings
Cairo Montenotte, Italy
2011/06/23 LX-MPR SR20
Plane crashed into terrain during a VFR flight; possible VFR in IMC
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
Grand Canyon, AZ
2011/07/30 N365DP SR20
Plane impacted terrain at night for unknown reasons
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