Sunday, December 27, 2015

Cirrus SR-22, N5PF: Accident occurred December 27, 2015 in Watertown, Jefferson County, Wisconsin

James C. Knollenberg:

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA069
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, December 27, 2015 in Watertown, WI
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR22, registration: N5PF
Injuries: 1 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On December 27, 2015, about 1656 central standard time, a Cirrus SR22 airplane, N5PF, was substantially damaged during ground impact after departing from the Watertown Municipal Airport (RYV), Watertown, Wisconsin. The pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which departed on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan, with a destination of Kenosha Regional Airport (ENW), Kenosha, Wisconsin. 

While enroute from RYV to ENW about 3,000 feet msl, the pilot stated the engine began to surge and subsequently lost power. The pilot attempted unsuccessfully to regain engine power and initiated a return to RYV. After recognizing his altitude was insufficient to land at RYV, the pilot deployed the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS). The fuselage was subsequently damaged during a nose down impact with the ground. 

At 1655, the weather observation station at RYV, located about 4 miles northwest of the accident site, reported the following conditions: wind 010 degrees at 7 knots, visibility 10 miles, overcast clouds at 2,600 feet above ground level, temperature 0 degrees C, dew point minus 4 degrees C, and altimeter setting 30.39 inches of mercury.

Date: 27-DEC-15
Time: 22:56:00Z
Regis#: N5PF
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR22
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: Minor
Damage: Substantial
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Milwaukee FSDO-13
State: Wisconsin


TOWN OF WATERTOWN, Wis. - A pilot suffered an injury to one of his ankles after his plane crashed Sunday afternoon in rural Watertown, according to a release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Emergency crews were called to the area of Aliceton Drive and Ceasar Road in the town of Watertown at 4:59 p.m. on a report of an airplane crash. They found a Cirrus SR-22 in a plowed corn field.

The 67-year-old pilot, a man from Lake Forest, Illinois, was able to tell air traffic control he was having engine failure shortly after he took off from the Watertown Airport. He was flying to Kenosha.

The man was able to get out of the plane on his own. He was taken to Aurora Hospital in Waukesha with non-life-threatening injuries.

Ixonia fire and EMS, Jefferson County Emergency Communications and the FAA assisted at the scene.


WATERTOWN — Jefferson County sheriff’s officials on Sunday, December 27th were called out to the scene of a plane crash in Watertown. 

Sheriff’s officials say the small plane landed on Aliceton Drive near Caesar Road around 5:00 p.m.

We’re told the pilot, a 67-year-old man from Lake Forest, Illinois, was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says it appears the aircraft left the Watertown Airport shortly before 5 p.m., heading to Kenosha airport. Shortly after takeoff the aircraft was experiencing engine problems.

Officials say the pilot was able to make contact with Air Traffic Control and advise that he was having engine failure and had to make an emergency landing.

After the crash, the pilot was able to get out of the aircraft on his own. He sustained an injury to one of his ankles and did not appear to have any life threatening injuries. He was transported to Aurora Hospital in Waukesha for treatment.

No one on the ground was hurt.

We’re told the plane suffered substantial damage.


A small plane crashed in the town of Watertown Sunday evening.

It happened at approximately 5 p.m. in a cornfield near Aliceton Drive and Ceaser Road.

Authorities said the pilot, a 67-year-old man from Lake Forest, Ill., had just left the Watertown Airport and was heading toward the Kenosha Airport when the aircraft started experiencing engine problems.

He was able to contact Air Traffic Control and make an emergency landing.

After the crash, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said the pilot was able to get out of the aircraft by himself.

Officials said he was taken to the hospital with an ankle injury and is expected to be OK.

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