April 10, 2013, Silver Peak, Nev., Cirrus Design SR22


The airplane was substantially damaged at about 0950 Pacific time during impact with terrain after the pilot became incapacitated during cruise flight. The solo private pilot was seriously injured. Visual conditions prevailed.

Witnesses reported the crash and local law enforcement responded to the accident site, finding the pilot unconscious in the cabin. Two FAA inspectors interviewed the pilot, who stated he attempted suicide by taking sleeping pills soon after takeoff.


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