Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Berkley County Airport

Moncks Corner, South Carolina 29461
Thursday, January 29, 2009 14:50 EST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
About 6 minutes after departing in visual meteorological conditions, the pilot reported fumes in the cockpit to air traffic control, and advised them that he planned to divert. The pilot subsequently began descending toward a nearby airport, and entered the traffic pattern. As the airplane neared the runway threshold, on what appeared to be a "normal" approach, it suddenly pitched nose down and impacted the ground about 900 feet short of the runway threshold. A witness who approached the airplane immediately following the accident reported no fire, smoke, or abnormal fumes. Post accident review of the airplane's maintenance records revealed that about 3 weeks prior to the accident, the pilot had reported an odor of "burnt electronics" in the cabin, and subsequently had the airplane inspected by a maintenance facility. No anomalies were found during the inspection and all of the airplane's systems continued to function normally thereafter. A post-accident examination of the wreckage revealed no evidence of any pre-impact mechanical malfunctions, failures, or fire in the accident airplane. A detailed inspection of the airplane's electrical system and avionic components revealed a single damaged capacitor located in the primary flight display that displayed evidence of thermal distress. Functional testing of the circuit card containing the damaged capacitor suggested normal operation. The pilot’s cause of death was noted as "blunt trauma" and toxicological testing on specimens from the pilot showed no traces of carbon monoxide or cyanide.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
A loss of aircraft control during the landing approach for undetermined reasons.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date1/29/2009 
Event Day of the WeekThursday 
Time of Event1450 
Event Time ZoneEastern Standard Time 
Event CityMoncks Corner 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site29461 
Event Date Year2009 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude331129N 
Event Location Longitude0800145W 
Event Location AirportBerkley County Airport 
Event Location Nearest Airport IDMKS 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation73 
Weather Briefing Completeness-- 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1455 Eastern Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)50 
Weather Observation Facility IDMKS 
Elevation of weather observation facility73 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observationEST 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height-- 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height-- 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsClear 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)-- 
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)-- 
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)12 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)340 
Variable Wind IndicatorWind direction could be determined 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator -- 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots) -- 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29.95 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryFatal 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries-- 
On Ground, Minor Injuries-- 
On Ground, Serious Injuries-- 
Injury Total Fatal
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None-- 
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)27290 
NTSB Notification SourceFAA Southern ROC  
NTSB Notification Date-- 
NTSB Notification Time-- 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket information-- 
Date of most recent change to recordSep 14 2010 12:08PM 
User who most recently changed recordjohb 
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN224SB 
NTSB NumberERA09FA148 
Missing Aircraft Indicator-- 
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?No 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameCIRRUS DESIGN CORP 
Aircraft ModelSR22 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial Number1155 
Certified Max Gross Weight3400 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration Class-- 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last Inspection-- 
Date of Last Inspection-- 
Airframe hours since last inspection-- 
Airframe Hours-- 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedYes 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner Street Address3630 OLD PFAFFTOWN RD 
Aircraft Owner CityWINSTON SALEM 
Aircraft Owner StateNC 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode27106-2564 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address3630 OLD PFAFFTOWN RD 
Operator StateNC 
Operator CountryUSA  
Operator Zip code27106-2564 
Operator Code-- 
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 Operation-- 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport CodeCHS  
Departure CityCharleston 
Departure StateSC 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time1440 
Departure Time ZoneEST 
Destination Same as Local Flt-- 
Destination Airport Code14A  
Destination CityMooresville 
Destination StateNC 
Destination CountryUSA 
Specific Phase of Flight-- 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordAug 11 2010 2:58PM 
User who most recently changed recordkenj 
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location23 
Runway Length4351 
Runway Width75 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--