Cirrus Aircraft's Chief Of Engineering Killed In Crash
On Feb. 24, David Rathbun, Cirrus's Chief Engineer of the SF50 Vision Jet program died in a plane crash. Rathbun had departed Duluth, Minnesota (DLH) in a 2016 SR22 GTS G6 and was climbing out when the aircraft went down in the frozen St. Louis river at the Wisconsin/Minnesota border. Eyewitnesses to the crash say the aircraft was "smoking as it descended" and "had skidded across the frozen river before falling into open water where it became mostly submerged." According to ADS-B data, the aircraft reached a max altitude of 3,000ft and a max speed of 181kts prior to the crash. The flight lasted 4 minutes.