Monday, January 04, 2021

Diamond DA40 Diamond Star, N489RS: Accident occurred January 03, 2021 at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease (KPSM), Rockingham County, New Hampshire

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 Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine
Location: Portsmouth, NH
Accident Number: ERA21LA099
Date & Time: January 3, 2021, 11:18 Local 
Registration: N489RS
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On January 3, 2021, about 1118 eastern standard time, a Diamond Aircraft DA 40, N489RS, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease (PSM), Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The flight instructor and the pilot-rated student were not injured. The flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The purpose of the flight was to conduct “transition training” in the airplane for the pilot. After a short flight, the pilot performed a landing on runway 34 at PSM. The flight instructor assumed control of the airplane during the rollout, taxied to the hold-short line at the approach end of runway 34 and waited for landing traffic. Soon after, the pilot of the landing airplane announced over the tower radio frequency that the airplane holding short was “on fire.”

The flight instructor confirmed that smoke was rising from beneath the right wing and both he and the pilot egressed the airplane without injury. Video recorded by the pilots prior to the arrival of Air Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles showed the right main landing gear tire, wheel pant, landing gear strut, and underside of the right wing in flames. ARFF arrived within 3 minutes of notification and extinguished the fire.

The flight instructor reported that he noticed no anomalies with the performance and handling of the airplane during taxi. He stated that throughout the taxi back to the hold-short line, the steering forces required and the braking power he experienced were “normal.”
The airplane was recovered to a maintenance facility at PSM and retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N489RS
Model/Series: DA 40
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: KPSM,100 ft msl
Observation Time: 11:26 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 0°C /-4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 20°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.18 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Beverly, MA (BVY) 
Destination: Portsmouth, NH

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 43.077944,-70.823278 (est)

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