Sunday, September 05, 2021

Hard Landing: Diamond DA-20C-1 Eclipse, N802CT; accident occurred September 11, 2020 at Fillmore Municipal Airport (KFOM), Millard County, Utah

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Fillmore, Utah
Accident Number: WPR20CA305
Date & Time: September 11, 2020, 09:00 Local 
Registration: N802CT
Aircraft: Diamond DA20
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional


The student pilot reported that, after completing a normal approach, the airplane touched down nose gear first and the airplane bounced. The airplane continued to bounce down the runway and the pilot elected to abort the landing. He applied full engine power and the airplane again became airborne and veered off the left side of the runway. The pilot attempted to maneuver the airplane to the right, however the airplane descended onto the uneven dirt surface on the right side of the runway. The right main landing gear separated from the airplane and the lower fuselage was substantially damaged. The student pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The student pilot's improper landing flare and delayed remedial action to abort the landing, which resulted in a loss of aircraft control, runway excursion and impact with terrain. 

Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Student/instructed pilot
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Student/instructed pilot
Aircraft Landing flare - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Delayed action - Student/instructed pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing Hard landing (Defining event)
Landing-aborted after touchdown  Attempted remediation/recovery

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student 
Age: 49, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: June 12, 2020
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated) 56.2 hours (Total, all aircraft), 50 hours (Total, this make and model), 9.1 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Diamond
Registration: N802CT
Model/Series: DA20 C1 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2000 
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: C0102
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: September 4, 2020 100 hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1764 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6577.4 Hrs
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-240-B
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 125 Horsepower
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KU24,4639 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 24 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 15:55 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 336°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 170°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.28 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / -6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Delta, UT (DTA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Fillmore, UT (FOM) 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 08:30 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Fillmore Muni FOM
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4984 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 04 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5040 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced landing; Go around; Stop and go; Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 38.958057,-112.36305 (est)

1 comment:

  1. If you can't land properly after 50 hrs... time to find another hobby. I hope no CFI teaches this guy and he gives up being a pilot.