Today I took a trip to one of my frequent short cross-country spots - Springfield MO. I had actually tried to avoid going there, because of the accident, but it was the best weather direction today. Unexpedtedly, it had some areas of interesting information.
When I landed, the controller wanted to know lots of information about the plane, such as how much HP, does it have speed brakes, etc. I taxied by the plane that the SR22 hit. The damage was unbelieveable. The plane was about the size of a DC3, and the middle of it had a huge, gaping hole. I later found out that they had to use a jaws of life type of device to extricate the 22. Also, the 22 had to travel significant distance laterally to hit this plane, crossing over a grass area, a taxiway, more grass, and some ramp area.
At the FBO, they brought me pictures. Apparently as the 22 crossed the grass, it lost one of the main landing gears. The FBO personnel were amazed that anyone survived, and one person commented that if it were a metal plane, the people and the plane would be totally gone.
Here’s the part that I wasn’t aware of - the co-pilot (husband) is a CFI, and the pilot (wife) is a student pilot. Perhaps this isn’t factual, but the FBO personnel were adament about this. Hmmm. Also, apparently at some point they did try to do a go-around. The word there is that after some very hard ground contact, the plane bounced, went up, and went down nose first after that. Where the go-around attempt took place in all this I don’t know.
All said, I expect that the FAA report, when issued, will be sobering.