NTSB Identification: WPR14FA091
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, January 09, 2014 in Pocatello, ID
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR22, registration: N903SR
Injuries: 2 Minor.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On January 9, 2014, at 1512 mountain standard time, a Cirrus SR22, N903SR, experienced severe engine vibrations and a partial loss of engine power during cruise flight near Pocatello, Idaho. The pilot executed a force landing utilizing the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS). The private pilot and single passenger received minor injuries, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to, and operated by, Nylund Imports Incorporated, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan. The flight originated from Centennial Airport, Denver, Colorado, about 1200, and was destined for Sun Valley, Idaho.
The pilot reported that while passing Pocatello at 17,000 feet mean sea level (msl), the engine suddenly started vibrating severely in conjunction with a partial loss of power. He declared an emergency and Salt Lake Center provided vectors to the final approach course for the Pocatello instrument landing system (ILS) RWY 21. The pilot stated that the vibrations increased in severity and available engine power was decreasing. After descending through the 2,000-foot broken cloud layer on the ILS, engine instruments indicated that only 20% power was being produced, and he determined that the airplane was not going to make it to the runway. At 1,000 feet above ground level (agl) he deployed the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS), which brought the airplane down into an open field. He and his passenger rapidly egressed before the airplane was dragged away by the parachute in a 30-knot wind.
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