The Last ADS-B Target Was At 1459:19, At An Altitude Of 1,400 Ft MSL

Location: Blyn, WA Accident Number: WPR22FA298
Date & Time: August 10, 2022, 14:59 Local Registration: N379DH
Aircraft: Cirrus Design Corp SR22 Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation – Personal

On August 10, 2022, about 1459 Pacific daylight time, a Cirrus SR22, N379DH, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Blyn, Washington. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Recorded Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) data showed the airplane departed Friday Harbor Airport, Friday Harbor, Washington, about 1445, and proceeded on a southerly heading as it ascended to an altitude of about 1,100 ft mean sea level (msl). The airplane continued south until about 1458:14, when a loss of ADS-B coverage occurred. At 1458:51, ADS-B contact was reestablished, and the data showed the airplane on an easterly heading. About 1 second later, a right turn to a southerly heading along with a descent to 900 ft msl. At 1459:07, a second loss of ADS-B coverage occurred, and was reestablished about 6 seconds later. The data showed the airplane on a southerly heading, at an altitude of 1,100 ft msl. The last ADS-B target was at 1459:19, at an altitude of 1,400 ft msl, located about 0.63 miles northeast of the accident site.

Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane impacted a heavily wooded area. The first identified point of contact was a freshly topped tree, with composite material fragments located near the tree root. The debris path initially extended along an approximate 270° heading, for about 300 ft, before shifting to an approximate 312° heading, which extended for about 155 ft. The fuselage came to rest inverted on a heading of about 301°. All major structural components of the airplane were located within the debris path. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.