Aircraft: Cirrus SR22T. Injuries: 1 Fatal, 2 Serious. Location: Carrollton, Texas. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The 550-hour instrument-rated pilot reported 209 flight hours in a Cirrus SR22, and 35 hours in actual instrument conditions. The airplane was managed by a management company. The pilot requested that it be refueled before the flight, but according to the report filed by the NTSB, the line-service at the management company was unable to find the airplane to refuel it, so the refueling did not take place.
The pilot did not visually verify the fuel level in the tanks during the preflight inspection. He took off with low fuel alerts manifesting on the flight displays. About 10 minutes into the flight, he notified ATC that the engine was running rough and that he needed to return to the airport.
The pilot’s first instrument approach terminated in a missed approach. During a second approach, the engine lost power, and the pilot attempted a forced landing to a field.
Witnesses saw the airplane’s parachute deploy before impact. There was no evidence of fuel or fuel spillage at the accident site.
An examination and operational test of the engine was performed. No defects in engine operation were detected, and the engine produced full rated power during the test.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to adequately preflight the airplane prior to departure, which resulted in a loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion.
NTSB Identification: CEN12FA037
This October 2011 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.