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Tail numberN504MD
Accident dateApril 28, 2009
Aircraft typeCirrus Design Corp SR22
LocationMayfield Village, OH
Near 41.559167 N, -81.436944 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On April 28, 2009, at 1615 eastern daylight time, a Cirrus SR22, N504MD, piloted by a private pilot, was destroyed during a collision with trees and terrain near Mayfield Village, Ohio. The flight was being conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The pilot and sole passenger on-board sustained fatal injuries. The cross-country flight departed Cuyahoga County Airport (CGF), Cleveland, Ohio, at 1612, with an intended destination of Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF), Buffalo, New York.

The pilot and passenger flew from BUF to CGF earlier in the day and arrived at CGF about 1318. According to personnel working at the fixed base operator (FBO), the pilot and passenger attended a meeting at the airport before departing on the return flight to BUF. The pilot requested that the airplane be fueled to capacity ("topped off") prior to departure and FBO personnel complied with that request.

The CGF air traffic control tower (ATCT) cleared the flight for takeoff from runway 6 (5,100 feet by 100 feet, asphalt) at 1611. The flight was instructed to fly the runway heading and climb to 3,000 feet mean sea level (msl). According to the tower controller, the takeoff and initial climb appeared normal and he subsequently instructed the pilot to contact departure control. However, the pilot never established communications with the departure controller.

A witness located in a nearby residential subdivision reported that the airplane flew over his car about 150 feet above ground level (agl). He stated that it banked to left and dove toward the ground. He responded to the accident site; however, the airplane was engulfed in flames when he got there.

The accident site was located approximately 2-1/2 miles east of CGF in a wooded area adjacent to a church. The airplane was fragmented and the fuselage had been consumed by a post impact fire. The empennage, wings and flight control surfaces were located at the accident site within the debris path. The Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) components were located with the fuselage wreckage. The parachute remained packed in the deployment bag and the activation handle was observed in the stowed position relative to the activation handle holder. The CAPS ground safety pin was not installed. Pre-flight procedures specify removal of the safety pin prior to flight in order to ready the system for use in the event of an in-flight emergency.

Weather conditions at CGF taken at 1616 were: Wind 080 degrees at 8 knots; visibility 4 miles in light rain and mist; overcast clouds at 200 feet agl; temperature 7 degrees Celsius; dew point 6 degrees Celsius; and altimeter 30.38 inches of mercury.

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