Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Cirrus SR20, N614CD, Thunderbolt Aviation LLC: Accident occurred December 16, 2015 near Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport (KMRB). Jefferson County, West Virginia


NTSB Identification: ERA16LA070 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 16, 2015 in Charles Town, WV
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR20, registration: N614CD
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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 have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On December 16, 2015, at 0935 eastern standard time, a Cirrus SR20, N614CD, was substantially damaged during impact with terrain, after deployment of the Cirrus Airplane Parachute System (CAPS), following a loss of control near Charles Town, West Virginia. The flight instructor and student pilot were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the instructional flight that departed Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO), Leesburg, Virginia, about 0915, destined for Winchester Regional Airport (OKV), Winchester, Virginia. The airplane was operated by Atlantic Airways under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the flight instructor, the training flight was planned to include slow flight, stalls, simulated engine failure, and landings. The student pilot was at the controls for the duration of the flight. The takeoff and climb out were normal, and after climbing to a suitable altitude they practiced slow flight before transitioning to a power off stall exercise. They began the exercise with a descent and increased airspeed to 75 knots, and upon reaching about 3800 feet msl the student reduced the power to idle, and began to pitch the nose up. Just after the airplane stalled, the student began the recovery. As the airplane pitched downward, it also rolled to the right. The instructor felt the student input left rudder (the flight instructor had his feet on the rudder pedals in order to monitor the student's inputs) which initially reduced the roll, but then the airplane again rolled to the right and entered a spin. After about two rotations, the instructor activated the CAPS.

The airplane descended under canopy into a wooded area and came to rest in an approximate 30 degrees nose down and 45 degrees left wing down attitude.

Examination of the wreckage revealed substantial damage to the right wing leading edge, the nose landing gear, and the right elevator. Flight control continuity was established from the cockpit controls to the control surfaces. The flap control was found in the 50% indicated position, and the flaps were partially deployed. The parachute remained attached to the airplane through its harness, and the canopy remained in the trees.

The airplane was retained by the NTSB for further examination. The primary flight display, the autopilot computer, and a memory card from the multi-function display were sent to the NTSB laboratory for data recovery.
FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Baltimore FSDO-07


Two people on board a small plane that crashed Wednesday morning in Jefferson County walked away without major injuries. Officials say the Cirrus SR20 plane crashed off Wheatland Road around 9:30 a.m. It had been traveling from Leesburg to Winchester.

"That had crashed into the trees. Both occupants were out of the airplane. One had a minor laceration on his finger," said Ed Hannon, deputy director for Jefferson County Emergency Services.

The FAA, NTSB, EPA, state and local agencies all responded. Investigators say approximately 20 gallons of fuel from the 45 on board spilled. It has been contained.

"No immediate dangers or threats from the spill there," said Sergeant Robert Sell, with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

The crash on Wheatland Road off of Berryville Pike happened near a Norfolk Southern rail line. Wednesday, trains were being allowed to pass through the area cautiously.

"They had some mechanical failure,” said Hannon. “The aircraft's parachute deployed, which slowed the descent of the aircraft."

Officials say both people on board at the time were men in their late 40s.

"The initial investigation revealed to be a student pilot and an instructor as well," said Sell.

No word on how long cleanup will take.

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CHARLES TOWN - The two occupants of a small aircraft were uninjured when their plane crashed near Wheatland Road in Jefferson County on Wednesday morning.

According to Ed Hannon, deputy director of the Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency, the emergency call of a small aircraft downed near the Norfolk Southern railroad crossing on Wheatland Road came in at 9:39 a.m.

Units from Independent Fire Company, Citizens Fire Company, Blue Ridge Mountain Volunteer Fire Department, Middleway Fire Department, the Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and the West Virginia State Police responded to the incident.

Two occupants of a small aircraft were uninjured in a crash Wednesday morning near Wheatland Road in Jefferson County.

State troopers and deputies with the sheriff's department blocked traffic at both entrances to Wheatland Road while fire and rescue crews secured the scene.

Hannon said a fuel leak of approximately 40 gallons was mitigated by a HAZMAT team from Mount Weather, Virginia, and the leak was contained.

Two people were in the aircraft when it crashed, but Hannon said they were not severely injured.

"Once we were on the scene, we found the aircraft had crashed just beside the railroad tracks. The two occupants of the plane had minor injuries, a laceration to the finger. Both of them were able to get out of the plane and away from the plane," he said. "No one was transported to the hospital."

Hannon said the occupants of the aircraft, a Cirrus SR20, told him they left from Leesburg, Virginia, and were planning to touch down in Winchester, Virginia, before returning to Leesburg.

The plane went into a tailspin, Hannon said, and the aircraft's parachute deployed, slowing the plane's descent.

"That's what saved those two people," he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration was called in from Baltimore to investigate the crash. Hannon said the FAA officials, along with Norfolk Southern staff, would remove the wreckage once they arrived at the scene.


WHEATLAND, W.Va. — The federal FAA and NTSB are investigating an emergency landing made by a small aircraft Wednesday morning in Jefferson County.

Two people were on board for a flight lesson, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Ronald Fletcher said.

“They were doing a training maneuver. Apparently something went wrong,” Fletcher said. “They had to initiate the parachute inside the plane.”

No one was injured when the plane landed near Wheatland Road.

U.S. 340 was shut down at the intersection with Lloyd Road as emergency crews responded to the scene.


A light aircraft went down in Jefferson County, W.Va., near the Wheatland community Wednesday morning, according to Sheriff Pete Dougherty.

There were no injuries, he said.

The aircraft came down in the vicinity of Wheatland Road near the intersection with U.S. 340, or Berryville Pike, about four miles south of Charles Town, W.Va., Dougherty said.

Emergency response units are on the scene of the accident, which was reported at 9:42 a.m.

Wheatland Road is closed in the area, he said.

There were two people in the plane, neither of whom were hurt, but there was fuel leakage in the area, according to Dougherty.

The cause of the incident was under investigation shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday.


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a small plane has crashed in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle.

The Federal Aviation Administration says in a statement that the Cirrus SR20 crashed at 10 a.m. Wednesday 7 miles southwest of the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport in Martinsburg. 

Two people were on board.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office told media outlets that there were no injuries.

Further details weren’t immediately available.

The Federal Aviation Administration says it will investigate the accident. 

The probable cause will be determined by the National Transportation Safety Board.


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