Saturday, November 07, 2020

Diamond DA-40 Diamond Star, N232JP: Accident occurred November 06, 2020 at Barrow County Airport (KWDR), Winder, Georgia

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. 

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

Dragonfly Aviation LLC

Location: Winder, GA 
Accident Number: ERA21LA039
Date & Time: November 6, 2020, 13:45 Local 
Registration: N232JP
Aircraft: Diamond DA40 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Diamond 
Registration: N232JP
Model/Series: DA40 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: WDR,926 ft msl 
Observation Time: 13:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C /10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 80°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.27 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Winder, GA
Destination: Winder, GA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 33.98269,-83.667217 (est)

No one was injured, but a small plane crashed at the Barrow County Airport Friday afternoon.

According to a release from Barrow County Emergency Services, crews were called to the scene around 1:30 p.m. When they arrived, the found the plane off of the runway and leaning over a fence.

The plane suffered heavy damage and Fire Captain Scott Dakin said the pilot, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time, was the only passenger. He said the seatbelt likely saved his life.

“He was out of the plane prior to our arrival," Dakin said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.


  1. "Expect permanent procedural changes shortly, but in the meantime, we are halting student solos until we can review everyone's records and confirm currency and documentation."

    Sounds like the flight school is a little concerned about training. This is going to be an interesting preliminary and final.

  2. So after attempting the RW 5 landing, the tail is resting on the fence at the taxiway gate for Army Aviation/National Guard (see pinned map at link below).

    Makes you wonder whether castering nose wheel designs and brake steering play a role in this type of outcome.

  3. Or maybe take all nose wheels off of trainers and make all pilots learn to fly in a tail dragger.

    1. That would weed out a LOT of student pilots out of the gate! Learning to fly a tail dragger is not easy even for someone familiar with a simple and easy to learn tricycle gear. One needs immediate stick and rudder skills for a tail dragger, something like say a 172 student pilot can get away with being sloppy in.

  4. This breaks my heart. I bought this airplane new with only 10 hours on it. Is my first new airplane ever purchase. I used to baby this airplane and wax it every week and I probably probably 500+ hours on it. So sad.


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