At about 18:50 mountain time, a Cirrus SR20 struck mountains and burned northwest of Sierra Vista, killing the pilot and two passengers. Instrument conditions prevailed but no flight plan had been filed. The wreckage was located near the crest on the side of a ridgeline at 5,200 feet msl. The wreckage distribution was localized within about a 50-foot radius the impact site on the 30-degree slope of the mountain. Weather at the time was low clouds obscuring high terrain, gusting winds and freezing precipitation. The airplane ballistic recovery parachute system had not been deployed.