Preliminary Accident Reports

October 2010 Issue

August 4, 2010, Phoenix, Ariz., Cirrus Design Corp. SR22

At about 0604 Mountain time, the airplane was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain adjacent to a building while on final approach. The solo commercial pilot was killed. Visual conditions prevailed. The cross-country flight originated about three minutes prior to the accident, with Tennessee as its intended destination. Preliminary review of recorded ATC communications revealed that, about 34 seconds after being cleared for takeoff, the pilot transmitted, "I need to return to close the door."

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