Cirrus Design builds a safe airplane. Yet, despite many safety improvements, fatal accidents continue to occur.
Since the introduction of the SR20 in mid-1999, there have been 103 fatal accidents in over 5,400 production Cirrus SR2x aircraft. In those accidents, 204 people have perished with 27 survivors (24 people seriously injured and 3 with minor injuries, including 2 injured on the ground). For current accident statistics, see Cirrus Accident Rates
In the same time frame, there have been 38 "saves" with the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) in which 80 people survived. See CAPS Saves and Fatal Accidents
After two fatal accidents within 5 days in January 2003, early in the history of the fleet, COPA (the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association), Cirrus Aircraft and our insurers focused on a concerted effort to improve pilot safety, training and decision making. As a result, for a decade COPA operates several safety programs that further our mission:
When one looks at Cirrus accident statistics, COPA members show up about half as often as expected and active COPA members about a quarter as expected. See COPA Member Statistics
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The Cirrus Owners & Pilots Association (aka, “COPA”) is a 501(c)7 non-profit corporation dedicated to serving its members. COPA is not in any way affiliated with Cirrus Aircraft, the manufacturer.