The Cirrus SR20 burst into flames on impact. The pilot’s wife died inside. The pilot escaped from the wreckage, but died from his burn injuries in the hospital.
Some say that a properly designed aircraft should not catch fire in an otherwise survivable accident. We know this crash was survivable, because the pilot was able to walk away from the wreckage. If it weren’t for the post-crash fire, the pilot likely would have survived.
The Cirrus Aircraft boasts many safety features, such as its rocket-propelled parachute. But the Bolingbrook crash is one more data point tending to show that the Cirrus seems to be unusually susceptible to post crash fires, especially when compared to other modern aircraft.