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2012/01 eng

Report on accident to Cirrus SR20, LN-BCD in Sirdal, Norway 28 May 2010

The private aircraft was en route from Stavanger to Jarlsberg when clouds made it necessary to run back to maintain visual references. When turning, the aircraft entered clouds with severe icing and turbulence and control was lost. A probable total loss with a fatal outcome was prevented by the pilot's activation of the aircrat's rescue parachute. The aircraft came down in rough terrain with significant structural damage. None of the four occupants sustained injury.

Safety recommendation

Safety recommendation No. 2012/01T

If the rescue parachute is deployed during the flight, the aircraft is in a serious emergency. The probability of the emergency and position being noticed by the alarm and rescue services increases if the emergency locator transmitter (ELT) is triggered automatically at the same time. 

The AIBN recommends that Cirrus Aircraft develops an automatic system that ensures that the ELT is triggered when the Cirrus Aircraft Parachute System (CAPS) is engaged.


Location Sirdal; Norway
Occurrence date 28.05.2010
Registration LN-BCD
County Vest-Agder
Type of operation Private
Aircraft category Landplane, Piston engine, Single-engine