Monday, February 29, 2016

Cirrus SR22, N2711M: Accident occurred February 29, 2016 in Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA112 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, February 29, 2016 in Laguna Pueblo, NM
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR22, registration: N2711M
Injuries: 1 Serious, 3 Minor.

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 February 29, 2016, about 1325 mountain standard time (MST), a Cirrus SR22 airplane, N2711M, descended under the canopy of the cirrus airframe parachute system (CAPS) and impacted terrain near Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico. The private rated pilot received serious injuries and three passengers received minor injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged during the accident. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time. The flight departed the Seward Municipal Airport (KSWT), Seward, Nebraska, about 0820 MST, and was en route to the Phoenix Goodyear Airport (GYR) Goodyear, Arizona; with an en route stop at the Las Vegas Municipal Airport (KLVS), New Mexico.

The pilot's husband, who was not on the flight, reported that about an hour after departing Las Vegas, the engine slowly started to lose power. The pilot was unable to maintain altitude, and shortly afterwards, the engine quit. The pilot looked for a plateau area and then deployed the CAPS. The airplane descended near some trees; however, the wind continued to pull the airplane into the trees, and the airplane came to rest inverted. 

The responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector reported the airplane was upside down. The wings had sustained only minor damage; however, the fuselage was buckled. Only the lower part of the engine was accessible and a visual examination of the engine did not reveal any obvious discrepancies.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Albuquerque FSDO-01

LAGUNA PUEBLO —A plane travelling from Nebraska to Arizona crashed between the Acoma and Laguna pueblos Monday afternoon.

The Laguna Pueblo is about 40 miles east of Grants.

After the pilot of the single-engine Cirrus SR22 reported engine failure, the airframe parachute system was deployed.

Once the plane reached the ground, wind caught the parachute, tipping the plane over.

Three were injured, but no one sustained life-threatening injuries.

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