Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Diamond DA40 Diamond Star, N537MA: Accident occurred October 27, 2018 at Marana Regional Airport (KAVQ), Pima County, Arizona

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Marana, AZ

Accident Number: GAA19CA038
Date & Time: 10/27/2018, 1440 MST
Registration: N537MA
Aircraft: Diamond DA 40
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The solo student pilot reported that, while en route to the non-towered airport, she obtained local weather and reported on the common traffic advisory frequency that she would be entering the downwind for runway 30. Another pilot in the traffic pattern reported that they were using runway 12, so the student performed a 180° turn to enter the downwind for runway 12. She added that during the landing roll, she applied brakes and attempted to turn right off the runway, but her "speed was still high." She realized she would not be able to make the turn, so she attempted to turn left back onto the runway. The airplane skidded off the runway to the right and impacted a taxiway sign.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

The deputy safety officer of the flight school reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about 5 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 350° at 4 knots. The student pilot landed the airplane on runway 12.

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 23, Female
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/07/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 87 hours (Total, all aircraft), 87 hours (Total, this make and model), 8 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 47 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 17 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Diamond
Registration: N537MA
Model/Series: DA 40 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2005
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 40.463
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/09/2018, AAIP
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2535 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5905.9 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-M1A
Registered Owner: K2 Aviation Llc
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: CAE Oxford Aviation Academy
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)
Operator Does Business As: CAE Oxford Aviation Academy
Operator Designator Code: B4VS

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMZJ, 1892 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2135 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 317°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 350°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Mesa, AZ (FFZ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Marana, AZ (AVQ)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1336 MST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 2031 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 12
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6901 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  32.412778, -111.220833 (est)

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