Thursday, August 20, 2020

Diamond DA20-C1 Eclipse, N976PA: Incident occurred August 19, 2020 near Spanish Fork Airport (KSPK), Utah County, Utah

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aircraft made an emergency landing in a field.

Date: 19-AUG-20
Time: 21:00:00Z
Regis#: N976PA
Aircraft Make: DIAMOND
Aircraft Model: DA20
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
State: UTAH

PAYSON, Utah, Aug. 19, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — A single-engine plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Spanish Fork Airport Wednesday, and landed in a field near a trail in Payson.

The incident happened at about 2:30 p.m., and the small craft attempted an emergency landing in a field just off Arrowhead Trail, Sgt. Noemi Sandoval, Payson Police Department, told Gephardt Daily.

The people in the plane were not injured, she said.

“It landed safely, but there was some damage to the landing gear,” Sandoval said. “The FAA and NTSB have been contacted to investigate.”


  1. Standing straight up in a rough looking terrain with hidden shallow troughs and no apparent fuselage damage and no bent prop. Even the mains look unscathed. If the worst damage is a separated front gear from hitting that trough, that's a great outcome for a dead stick landing if that's what this was.

    1. And since the stop plate is still attached, there are no bushings, belleville washers or nut missing below the fork. Welded strut must have separated at the barrel that fits inside the fork. The stop plate and securing hardware would have scattered if the nut retention had failed.

      Remarkable that the end of the strut did not bury deep. Maybe the barrel was developing the separation during the off field landing forces and the final berm whack just finished the job as speed approached zero.

      View of the assembly: