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.
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
Non-instrument rated pilot departed with old weather information over mountainous terrain in deteriorating weather, including mountain obscuration and icing.
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
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
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
Early morning night flight before sunrise under an overcast by non-instrument rated pilot. Low altitude flight over rising terrain.
San Jose, CA
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.
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.
Plane impacted terrain during takeoff by SR20 over gross weight without lowering flaps.
Park Falls, WI
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.
Plane impacted trees while maneuvering close to mountain ridge during a photo mission with a glider.
Coconut Creek, FL
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
Plane impacted terrain during short night VFR trip in lowering weather conditions by instructor-rated pilot returning to home field.
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.
Plane impacted terrain during VFR flight in area where IMC and marginal VMC conditions prevailed. Parachute activation was due to ground impact.
Plane impacted terrain during departure from uncontrolled airport in marginal VFR conditions with intent to pick-up IFR clearance enroute.
Plane impacted terrain while student pilot and instructor were practicing return-to-airport maneuver.
Plane impacted ocean during an IMC positioning flight with pilot reporting instrument problems and requesting return to airport.
Plane impacted terrain during go-around after attempted landing on short 2,500 foot runway.
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.
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.
Cory Lidle and CFI Tyler Stanger impacted an apartment building in Manhattan, NY, while flying VFR in the Hudson River corridor.
Pilot reported icing at 13,000 feet and impacted terrain in flat attitude; parachute was deployed by impact forces.
Plane impacted terrain following go-around after ILS approach in IMC conditions.
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.
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.
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
Pilot attempted approach and landing in IMC. (South African accident, not in NTSB database)
Spirit River, AB, Canada
Plane impacted terrain while flying VFR in low ceilings over rising terrain.
New Windsor, NY
Plane impacted terrain during second approach in low visibility and low ceilings about 2 am
Plane impacted terrain adjacent to the runway in gusty wind conditions, reportedly during a second landing attempt or aborted landing
Plane impacted power lines at night while flying parallel to a highway in low ceilings, reportedly attempting to contact the nearby military airport
Plane impacted terrain during landing when wing tip hit the ground and the plane cartwheeled
Paso Robles, CA
Plane impacted terrain after low altitude maneuvers, including barrel roll described by witnesses
Plane impacted terrain while maneuvering near airport due to inadvertent stall/spin while making base turn.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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
Plane impacted terrain soon after departure at night with low ceilings in location not consistent with Departure Procedure for the airport
Plane impacted terrain during maneuvers to land at private airstrip
Big Bear, CA
Plane impacted terrain during VFR approach to mountain airport in low IMC and freezing conditions
Plane impacted water during IFR flight after flying NORDO for over an hour
Rock Springs, WY
Mid-air collision with a VFR aircraft while on IFR approach
Plane impacted terrain during approach to landing in low ceilings
Plane impacted terrain on airport after deviating due to alternator failure and maneuvering to land with low ceilings.
Plane impacted two cars and a house on IFR approach; ATC reported heading deviation during approach.
Pilot flying VFR over clouds from England to Jersey in Channel Islands; impacted water at high speed after descending in cruise.
Moncks Corners SC
Impacted terrain short of runway during forced landing after declaring an emergency due to smoke and fumes in cockpit
Impacted terrain with post-impact fire in weather conditions likely to produce icing
Apparent practice stall/spin; parachute was deployed at very low altitude and did not fully inflate
Impacted terrain under unknown circumstances, suspected VFR into IMC accident
Tizin Tichka, Morocco
Impacted terrain under unknown circumstances while flying near a mountain pass with high winds aloft
Mt. Ainos, Greece
Impacted mountainous terrain while attempting to exit VFR in IMC conditions and possible icing
Impacted terrain shortly after departure in IMC while attempting a return to airport under unknown circumstances
Impacted terrain and burst into flames while landing
Impacted terrain under unknown conditions, suspected VFR into IMC accident
Impacted terrain after flying past intended destination NORDO at FL250, plane intercepted and pilot observed unresponsive
Rock Hill, SC
Impacted terrain short of the runway while maneuvering back to airport under unknown circumstances
Impacted terrain in IMC under unknown circumstances after pilot reported a problem.
Gulf of Mexico, USA
Loss of radio contact 140 nm southwest of St Petersburg; Coast Guard called of search after two days
Midair collision with tow plane and glider; CAPS deployed and descended with flaming wreckage
Pilot heard on radio issuing Mayday dead-stick no-engine; plane impacted trees and landed in driveway
Plane crashed near end of runway after maneuvering on final approach
Plane crashed into industrial building shortly after departure from Buttonville Airport; smoke reported from engine
Plane crashed in forested area five minutes after departure; fog and mist conditions were reported.
Plane impacted terrain while on approach in bad weather to VFR-only airport
Plane impacted ground during go-around after propeller strike left four marks and a portion of a blade on runway
Chapel Hill, NC
Plane impacted trees off the runway after porposie during landing and attempted go-around where plane never left the ground
Plane crashed into industrial area after stall/spin during low-level pattern to return to close open door
Sundre, Albetra, Canada
Plane crashed during maneuvers at low altitude with two new owners and prior owner in airplane
Agua Dulce, CA
Plane crashed into horse corrall during VFR-into-IMC maneuvering attempting to fly from Van Nuys to desert in mountain obscuration conditions
Plane crashed after go-around at high-altitude sloping runway
South Bend, IN
Plane cartwheeled during landing when wing tip impacted the ground
Asturias Airport, Spain
Plane crashed into trees during apparent attempts at landing in bad weather; possible VFR in IMC or mid-air collision
Plane crashed left of runway immediately after takeoff into 500' ceilings
Cairo Montenotte, Italy
Plane crashed into terrain during a VFR flight; possible VFR in IMC
Palm Bay, FL
Plane tumbled during off-airport landing in grassy field after pilot reported problems and told ATC of an off-site landing
Grand Canyon, AZ
Plane impacted terrain at night for unknown reasons
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