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Small Plane Crashes North Of Charlotte, N.C.  
User currently offlineOnetogo From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 313 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3390 times:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A small plane crashed Thursday night near Charlotte Douglas International Airport but authorities didn't immediately know how many people were on board, but medics on the scene confirm at least one fatality.

The single-engine, four-seat plane was on its way to Charlotte after taking off from Dekalb-Peachtree Airport in Atlanta. The Cirrus SR22 crashed about seven miles north of the Charlotte airport around 8:15 p.m., said Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Emergency crews are at the scene of the crash searching for survivors. One passenger has been confirmed dead.

Source: http://www.news14charlotte.com/conte...op_stories/default.asp?ArID=130795

Anyone in the area have any information on this? It's reported as an SR22, but this report is clearly very preliminary. Hopefully they will end up finding some survivors. R.I.P to those who lost their lives. Hoping for additional details. Thanks folks.

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User currently offlineOnetogo From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 313 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3356 times:

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N665CD

Appears to be the track of the ill fated flight. Flightaware confirms it as a SR22 on an IFR flightplan. Note that the plane has been confirmed as crashing north of CLT, so disregard where the Flightaware track ends. Current wx at KCLT definitely IFR

KCLT 010252Z 17010KT 10SM -RA BKN007 OVC013 19/18 A3008

With winds out of the south like that, I'm guessing the aircraft was either on, or being vectored onto the ILS 18L/R given that they were reported as going down around 7 north of the field, that would place them right around the outer marker. Theres no AIRMET for icing, and no icing airmets, but I'd imagine they were in actual conditions when some sort of significant event occured. Really a shame.


User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3291 times:

I'm not familiar with the area. Is there anything in that area of the approach path thta this could perhaps be CFIT? Perhaps got a little low on the approach?
Or could this be a low time instrument pilot getting disoriented on one of his first flights in actual conditions?

Seems the Cirrus has had a spat of bad luck recently. The interior of that plane feels very comfortable, like getting into a car. Perhaps that is a problem, pilots get too comfortable with the a/c and things go wrong. Sitting in one doesn't feel like you are in an airplane.

Anyway, just speculating. Perhaps more info in the morning will be helpful.


User currently offlineOnetogo From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 313 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3206 times:

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 2):
Is there anything in that area of the approach path thta this could perhaps be CFIT?

Looking at the sectional on Skyvector, it appears as though downtown Charlotte is immediately north of the airport and extends around 7 miles up. North of that looks pretty unpopulated, which is where I'm betting they went down considering the article made no mention of any injuries on the ground.


User currently onlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21129 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3189 times:

And the insurance rates for Cirrus keep going up....  Sad

-Mir



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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22320 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3183 times:

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 2):
I'm not familiar with the area. Is there anything in that area of the approach path thta this could perhaps be CFIT?

No. It's pretty desolate and pretty flat up there.

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 2):
Or could this be a low time instrument pilot getting disoriented on one of his first flights in actual conditions?

 checkmark  The problem with the Cirrus is that it's so damn easy to fly that, as you rightly said, folks get comfortable.

Quoting Onetogo (Reply 1):
Theres no AIRMET for icing, and no icing airmets, but I'd imagine they were in actual conditions when some sort of significant event occured. Really a shame.

It's real humid here, but FAR too warm for icing. Air temperature on the ground is close to 70 degrees.



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