FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Salt Lake City FSDO-07
NTSB Identification: WPR16FA144
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, July 18, 2016 in Logan, UT
Aircraft: DIAMOND AIRCRAFT IND INC DA40 F, registration: N419FP
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On July 18, 2016 about 1121 mountain daylight time, a Diamond DA40, N419FP, was destroyed when it impacted terrain while maneuvering near Logan, Utah. The private pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Utah State University as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and no flight plan filed. The local flight originated from Logan- Cache Airport (LGU), Logan, Utah at about 1245.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that at 1121 they received signals of an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) ping in the vicinity of latitude/longitude position N41°35'54.87" W111°53'13.03". About 2 hours later, a search and rescue team located the wreckage 1.78 nautical miles east of the ELT signal at the elevation of 6,300 feet mean sea level . The small area of the wreckage footprint indicated that the airplane impacted terrain in a near horizontal attitude along a 093-degree magnetic bearing line.
After the on-site documentation, the wreckage was recovered to a secured facility for further examination.
CACHE COUNTY — A Utah State University aviation student died in a plane crash Monday while flying as part of the school's pilot training program Monday afternoon.
Frank Marino De Leon Compres, 21, was flying over an area of hilly farmland between Hyrum and Paradise, according to authorities, when his single-engine, DA-40 Diamond Aircraft plane crashed just after noon.
Emergency responders found De Leon Compres dead. Nobody else was aboard the aircraft, said Cache County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Matt Bilodeau.
Additional aircraft from the Logan-Cache Airport were used to spot the crashed plane, Bilodeau said. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.
De Leon Compres, who was from the Dominican Republic, was a senior in Utah State's aviation technology and professional pilot programs. He was flying to obtain more solo flight hours required to get his commercial pilot license, said university spokeswoman Maren Aller.
Others in the program are stunned and saddened by the student's sudden death, Aller said. De Leon Compres was also a member of USU's Dominican Republic Student Association and a resident assistant at the university's Davis Hall.
The plane took off from Logan-Cache Airport. There was a 6 mph wind at the time, but flying conditions were considered satisfactory with no applicable restrictions, Aller said.
Aller said De Leon Compres' death is the first in the history of the USU aviation program, which was founded in 1939. About 180 students are currently enrolled in the professional pilot program at the university.
Aviation professor Andreas Wesemman praised De Leon Compres, saying he was an honors student whom other students admired.
“He was one of our sharpest," Wesemman said in a statement. "He was well-motivated and well-liked in the program. This is a sad day for the USU aviation program.”
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