Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Diamond DA-40 Diamond Star, N53SL: Accident occurred March 30, 2018 at Ernest A. Love Field Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale

K2 Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N53SL

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA189
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, March 30, 2018 in Gila Bend, AZ
Aircraft: DIAMOND AIRCRAFT IND INC DA 40, registration: N53SL

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.


During taxi to runway, aircraft struck a pole.

Date: 30-MAR-18
Time: 23:00:00Z
Regis#: N53SL
Aircraft Make: DIAMOND
Aircraft Model: DA 40
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: PRESCOTT VALLEY
State: ARIZONA 

Fuel Modifications
Modification 1 of 1
09/26/2013

THIS MAJOR ALTERATION CONSISTS OF THE MODIFICATION TO THE AIRCRAFT FUEL SYSTEM TO INCORPORATE A TEMPORARY EXTENDED RANGE FUEL AND OIL SYSTEM. THE FERRY FUEL SYSTEM CONSISTS OF TWO FERRY FUEL TANKS TOTALING 120 GALLONS. 

THE OIL SYSTEM IS A HAND PUMP SYSTEM, WITH AN ENGINE OIL FEED SELECTOR VALVE. 

THESE TWO SYSTEMS ARE REQUIRED TO EXTEND THE RANGE FOR A FLIGHT FROM HAWAII TO LAS VEGAS, NEVADA. 

THIS MAJOR ALTERATION WILL CONSIST OF REMOVING THE AIRCRAFT PASSENGER SEATS, FURNISHINGS AND EQUIPMENT, AS REQUIRED AND INSTALLING A TEMPORARY FERRY FUEL SYSTEM IN THE CABIN. 

THE TEMPORARY FERRY FUEL SYSTEM WILL BE CONNECTED TO THE AIRCRAFT MAIN FUEL SYSTEM. 

THE FERRY FUEL TANK SYSTEM CONSISTS OF TWO FERRY FUEL TANKS INSTALLED AT FUSELAGE STATIONS AS SHOWN IN THE TABLE BELOW. 

THERE ARE TWO FERRY TANK SELECTOR VALVES AND ONE SYSTEM SELECTOR VALVE AND A FABRICATED FUEL LINE WITH A TEE FITTING INSTALLED BETWEEN THE AIRCRAFT FUEL SELECTOR AND THE AIRCRAFT ELECTRIC BOOST PUMP NUMBER 1, 45 GALLONS, RIGHT SIDE STATION 87. 

NUMBER 2, 75 GALLONS, CENTERED AT STATION 124. 

THE TANKS ARE IRREGULAR IN SHAPE AND DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTED FROM 5052 ALUMINUM. 

100 INCHES THICK BY ROYALL MANUFACTURING OF PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA. 

THE TANKS ARE PRESSURE AND LEAKED CHECKED AS PER PERTINENT FARS. 

THE TANKS ARE ELECTRICALLY GROUNDED TO AIRCRAFT STRUCTURE. 

THE TANKS ARE VENTED TO POSITIVE AIR PRESSURE, THROUGH A VENT SYSTEM AND CONNECTED TO FITTING LOCATED IN A COCKPIT VENT WINDOW ALUMINUM SANDWICH PLATE. 

THE TANKS ARE MOUNTED ON 1/2 INCH PLYWOOD PALLETS.

THE TANK ARE SECURED TO THE AIRFRAME USING THE FORWARD SEAT RAIL CARGO TIE DOWN RINGS, CENTER SPAR CARRY THROUGH LIP FOR FORWARD RESTRAINT AND CARGO SYSTEM SEAT RAIL CARGO RINGS.

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