Saturday, January 15, 2022

Diamond DA20-C1 Eclipse, N974DA: Accident occurred January 25, 2022 at Butts Army Airfield ( KFCS), Fort Carson, Colorado

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; Denver, Colorado

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

L3 Doss Aviation


USAF 1st Flying Training Squadron

Location: Fort Carson, Colorado 
Accident Number: CEN22LA110
Date and Time: January 25, 2022, 07:28 Local 
Registration: N974DA
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N974DA
Model/Series: DA20-C1
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KFCS, 5838 ft msl
Observation Time: 07:39 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: -3°C /-8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3400 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 17 knots / 22 knots, 20°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Pueblo, CO (KPUB) 
Destination: Fort Carson, CO

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: 38.672946,-104.7501 (est)

A small aircraft used for training Air Force pilots landed short of a Fort Carson runway early Tuesday. No injuries were reported, according to a military press release.

At about 7:30 a.m., a Diamond DA20-C1 Eclipse landed short of a runway on Fort Carson. The civilian flight instructor and pilot under instruction, a member of the Air Force, were taken to Evans Army Medical Center on post “out of precaution,” according to Benjamin Faske, chief of public affairs for the 12th Flying Training Wing, out of Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.

The 1st Flying Training Squadron, part of the 12th Flying Training Wing, provides flight training out of Pueblo Memorial Airport.

Next steps include an investigation into what happened and a damage assessment of the aircraft, which did not overturn, Faske said.

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