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Accident Report — Pilot's failure to maintain proper visual glideslope during final approach results in substantial damage — Cirrus SR22

from I Fly America

The pilot reported that he was low on the final approach to runway 32 at the mountaintop airport, but thought he could "make the numbers." The airplane encountered a downdraft, and the pilot wasn't able to compensate for it. The airplane impacted terrain about 3 feet short of the runway, bounced, then veered off the right side of the runway and struck an embankment, resulting in substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage. The pilot also stated that there was a 7-knot tailwind "from the right," and that the density altitude was about 6,300 feet at the time of the accident. The flight was the pilot's seventh arrival into the airport, and his first time landing there with a tailwind. There were no pre-accident mechanical anomalies noted with the airplane, which "was performing great." more

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