Pilot Reported Icing Before Contact Was Lost
Local authorities and federal investigators believe weather
played a role in the fatal downing of a Cirrus SR20 Friday
afternoon near the Colorado/Wyoming border.
Authorities identified the two victims onboard the plane as
furniture designers Sergio Savarese, and Ivan Luini. Family and
friends of the victims say the two men owned the aircraft, and were
returning to New York from a business trip in California.
Moffat County Sheriff Department Sergeant Rick Holford told the
Associated Press the crash occurred about 2:30 pm. Friday near Rock
Springs, WY. It was raining at the time the plane went down, with
strong wind gusts also reported.
In its preliminary report (below), the FAA states the planes
pilot reported icing conditions shortly before radar contact was
Wreckage from the plane was scattered over a two-mile area, said
Holford. An oil crew working nearby saw the accident, and called
It is not yet known if the two men attempted to deploy the
Cirrus' parachute recovery system.
** Report created 9/18/2006 Record
Make/Model: SR20 Description:
Date: 09/15/2006 Time: 1933
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Fatal Mid Air: N Missing:
City: ROCK SPRINGS State: WY
ACFT REPORTED ENCOUNTERING ICING CONDITIONS, RADAR AND RADIO
WERE LOST, ALERT NOTICE ISSUED AND WRECKAGE LOCATED,
THE TWO PERSONS ON
BOARD WERE FATALLY INJURED, ROCK SPRINGS, WY
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 2 Fat:
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
Activity: Unknown Phase:
Unknown Operation: OTHER
Dep Date: Dep.
Flt Plan: IFR
Last Radio Cont:
FAA FSDO: CASPER, WY
Entry date: 09/18/2006