NTSB Identification: LAX01FA145
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at Sierra Vista, AZ
Aircraft:Cirrus Design Corp. SR20, registration: N116CD
Injuries: 3 Fatal.
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On April 10, 2001, about 1850 hours mountain standard time, a Cirrus SR20, N116CD, collided with mountainous terrain and burned northwest of Sierra Vista, Arizona. The airplane was destroyed and the certificated private pilot and his two passengers received fatal injuries. The airplane was being operated as a personal flight by the pilot/owner under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 91 when the accident occurred. The flight originated from the Tucson International Airport about 1830, with Albuquerque, New Mexico, as the intended destination. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site and no flight plan had been filed.
Concerned family members reported the aircraft overdue when it failed to arrive as scheduled. Civil Air Patrol initiated a search and personnel located the accident site on April 14, 2001. The burned wreckage was located near the crest on the side of a ridgeline at 5,200 feet msl. The wreckage distribution was localized within about a 50-foot radius of a single ground disturbance scar on the 30-degree slope of the mountain.
According to witnesses in the vicinity of the accident site, the weather conditions consisted of low clouds obscuring the higher terrain, gusting winds, and freezing precipitation.
The airplane was equipped with a ballistic recovery parachute system. Upon reaching the site, investigators found that the parachute had not deployed. The rocket launching mechanism was expended and the triggering mechanism exhibited impact damage.