Friday, November 27, 2020

Diamond DA40 Diamond Star, N386MA: Accident occurred August 19, 2020 at Benson Municipal Airport (E95), Cochise County, Arizona

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.

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah
Diamond Aircraft; London, Ontario

K2 Aviation LLC

Location: Benson, AZ 
Accident Number: WPR20LA290
Date & Time: August 19, 2020, 21:50 Local
Registration: N386MA
Aircraft: Diamond DA40 Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On August 19, 2020, about 2150 mountain standard time, a Diamond DA40 airplane, N386MA, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident in Benson, Arizona. The certified flight instructor (CFI) and pilot undergoing instruction (PUI) were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 instructional flight.

The CFI stated that they departed from Tucson, Arizona with the purpose of landing in Benson for the PUI to fulfill a night cross-country flight time requirement toward his commercial license. The PUI completed a normal approach to runway 10 and started the landing flare at about 65 kts. The main landing gear touched down on the runway surface first and as soon as the nose lowered, they heard a loud noise. The PUI held the control stick aft in an attempt to keep the nose up as the airspeed was slowing, but they soon heard the strut scraping along the runway. Upon egressing the airplane, they observed that the nose gear has separated at the pivot axle (see Picture 1). 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Diamond 
Registration: N386MA
Model/Series: DA40 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot school (141)
Operator Designator Code: 470K

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTUS,2555 ft msl 
Observation Time: 03:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 31 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 38°C /8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 330°
Lowest Ceiling:
None Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.86 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Mesa, AZ (FFZ)
Destination: Benson, AZ (E95)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 31.999444,-110.36

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