There’s been a lot of ruckus about how the Cirrus aircraft are just ‘falling out of the sky’. This is not true. The numbers don’t lie.

The Cirrus Fleet versus the Cessna 210 Fleet 1962 & up (includes SR2X & P/T/C210s):

Cirrus:

Total fleet size: 2900

Total accidents: 67

As percentage of fleet: 2.3%

Cessna 210s

Total fleet size: 8496

Total accidents: 2915

As percentage of fleet: 34.4%

Sources: Cessna Pilots Association, Cirrus Owners & Pilots Association, NTSB, FAA.

Take the total accidents from NTSB which only has 1962 data and earlier, take the preliminary accidents from the FAA site, take the fleet numbers from Cirrus and Cessna Pilots Association (CPA) - again 1962 and later, then do the math. Divide the big number by the little number.

I remember teaching a CPA 210 course earlier this year where 10 different 210s had crashed in the past five days.

How about the one year total? To date, 24 Cirri have crashed versus 36 Cessna 210s.

Any way we do the math, there are far too many crashes.

Fly SAFE y’all!

Bridgette