WPCNR AVIATION NATION. From Peter Katz, Publisher of NTSB Reporter. January 31, 2013:
The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a preliminary report on their investigation of the apparent cause of the controlled crash of a Cirrus S20 plane short of Danbury airport at 7:30 in the evening January 22.
The pilot and two passengers avoided injury because the pilot deployed the parachute device that slowed the plane's descent and allowed the plane to land safely in trees north of the airport.
The Official NTSB Preliminary Report finds:
On January 22, 2013, about 1925 eastern standard time, a Cirrus Design Corp. SR20, operated by Epic Blue was substantially damaged after it deployed its Cirrus Airplane Parachute System (CAPS), while on approach to the Danbury Municipal Airport (DXR), Danbury, Connecticut.
The flight instructor, a private pilot, and a passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed for the flight that last departed Groton-New London Airport (GON), Groton, Connecticut. The familiarization flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.
According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the flight instructor and two occupants originally departed from DXR, landed at GON, and were returning to DXR at the time of the accident. The airplane was on approach to runway 26 at DXR, when it experienced a total loss of engine power and the pilot reported that the airplane was "out of fuel" to air traffic control. The pilot elected to deploy the CAPS and the airplane subsequently descended via parachute into trees, about 3 miles northeast of the airport. The airplane's empennage separated and the fuselage sustained substantial damage.
Initial examination of the airplane by an FAA inspector did not reveal any visible fuel in the airplane's fuel tanks, nor were there any indications of a fuel spill at the accident site. After the airplane was recovered, approximately 26 ounces of fuel was drained from the airplane's fuel system.