Friday, September 7, 2018

Diamond DA-40 Star, N388MA: Accident occurred September 01, 2018 near Maury County Airport (MRC), Columbia/Mount Pleasant, Tennessee

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Mount Pleasant, TN
Accident Number: ERA18LA241
Date & Time: 09/01/2018, 1715 CDT
Registration: N388MA
Aircraft: Diamond DA40
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On September 1, 2018, about 1715 central daylight time, a Diamond Aircraft DA 40, N388MA, operated by the private pilot, was substantially damaged during a forced landing to a field, following a total loss of engine power during approach to Maury County Airport (MRC), Mount Pleasant, Tennessee. The private pilot was seriously injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that departed MRC about 1615.

The pilot reported that after flying over the local area for approximately 40 minutes, he returned to MRC and entered the airport traffic pattern for landing on runway 6. While on a downwind leg of the airport traffic pattern, he reduced the engine power in preparation for landing; however, the engine lost all power. The pilot then advanced the throttle in unsuccessful attempt to regain power. He subsequently attempted an engine restart with no success and at that time realized that the airplane would not be able to glide to the runway. The pilot then performed a forced landing to a field about 1 mile prior to the runway 6 threshold.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that during the landing, the nose landing gear and left main landing gear collapsed, and the empennage separated from the airframe. The inspector added that although there was some damage to the wings, their respective fuel tank remained intact. He drained approximately 5 gallons of fuel from the left main tank and 10 to 11 gallons of fuel from the right main fuel tank. The fuel was 100-low-lead aviation fuel and appeared bright, clear, and absent of any visible contamination. Additionally, the fuel selector was found positioned to the right main fuel tank prior to being moved to the off position by rescue personnel. The wreckage was retained for further examination and an engine test-run.

The four-seat, low-wing, fixed tricycle-gear airplane, was manufactured in 2005. It was powered by a Lycoming IO-360-M1A, 180-horsepower engine, equipped with a constant-speed, two-blade Hartzell propeller. The airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed on January 9, 2018. At that time, the airframe and engine had accrued 1,346 hours since new. The airplane flew an additional 40 hours from the time of the most recent inspection, until the accident.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Diamond
Registration: N388MA
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: MRC, 681 ft msl
Observation Time: 1715 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 110°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Mount Pleasant, TN (MRC)
Destination: Mount Pleasant, TN (MRC)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  35.550278, -87.206667 (est)

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WSMV) -- Police are investigating a private, single-engine plane crash in Mount Pleasant on Saturday afternoon.

Officials with the Maury Co. Office of Emergency Management, said the plane went down in an open field behind Mount Pleasant Middle School on Gray Lane just after 4:30 p.m.

The pilot was transported to a Maury Regional EMS with injuries.

Maury Co. has now turned over the investigation to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 

According to the FAA, the plane is a fixed wing, single-engine craft registered to James R. Bickmore of Spring Hill, Tenn.

It is unclear if Bickmore was flying the plane when it crashed.

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Anonymous said...

Does not look like an incidemt to me

Anonymous said...

This is preliminary information from the Federal Aviation Administration, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.