On Thursday, December 16, 2011, a single-engine Cirrus SR22 crashed in near the Scottsdale Airport. Officials confirmed that 62-year-old Frank M. Smith died in the plane, and 60-year-old Enrico Lo Curzio suffered injuries and is recovering at a nearby hospital. According to the Federal Aviation Administration the plane was scheduled to land at Scottsdale Airport. The plane is registered to Frank M. Smith and Associates, Inc.
Federal Investigators, and representatives of the engine manufacturer as well as the plane’s manufacturer are all on the scene collecting information and evidence that will be used to determine the cause of the crash. Investigations like these generally take months to reach a conclusion.
The Cirrus SR22 has been the world’s most popular four-seater single-engine aircraft for several years. Equipped with fixed tricycle landing gear, the SR22 is also well-known for having the Cirrus Aircraft Parachute System (CAPS) which is designed to lower and control the entire plane to the ground safely in case of an emergency.
The Franecke Law Group is very familiar with the Cirrus Fleet of Aircraft, its engine manufacturer Continental Motors Inc. and the numerous electronic components. It is critical that an independent investigation to preserve key evidence start at once.
An NTSB database search found that between 2001 and April 2009 sixty-two (62) Cirrus SR22 aircraft crashed, resulting in 48 fatalities.
The Franecke Law Group is a nationwide Aviation Law Firm that specializes in Aviation Disasters and Investigations. For more than 30 years, The Franecke Law Group has been handling aviation cases on behalf of victims and families of plane crashes throughout the country. Call today for a free consultation 888.457.7040 – our attorneys will come to you.