A Cirrus Design Corporation SR22 airplane, crashed just after takeoff from the City of Colorado Springs Municipal airport.

Colorado Springs, Colorado

  • Date: 11-09-2015
  • Aircraft Type: Airplane
  • Aircraft Make & Model: Cirrus – Cirrus SR22
  • Aircraft Engine: Continental Motors IO-550-N27B
  • Casualties: 2 Fatal
  • Flight Category: General Aviation

Case Details:

The plane caught on fire after the crash. Both the pilot and passenger were killed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. No flight plan was filed. The plane was en route to Roanoke, Texas.
Shortly after the plane took off, the pilot reported engine problems and requested permission to return. He was given permission to return to runway 35, but no further transmissions were recorded. Witnesses on the ground had differing perspectives on the takeoff. One witness stated they heard an engine surge. Another claimed that the plane took longer than expected to take off, but he heard nothing abnomral. Another witness claimed that he observed the airplane steeply banking at the end of the runway.
The pilot held a private pilot certificate with single engine land and instrument airplane ratings.
The NTSB ultimately found the probable cause of the loss of control due to pilot error and unfamiliarity with flying in high density altitude conditions. Slack Davis Sanger represented the adult children of the passenger who was killed in negotiating a settlement for her loss.