Monday, March 28, 2022

Diamond DA20-C1 Eclipse, N976PA: Accident occurred March 26, 2022 and Incident occurred August 19, 2020

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

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

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Spanish Fork, Utah 
Accident Number: WPR22LA131
Date and Time: March 26, 2022, 13:01 Local
Registration: N976PA
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that, following 2 aborted landings, he attempted a third landing. Shortly after the initial touch down, the airplane encountered a wind gust, which lifted the left wing. The pilot applied left aileron input and initiated a go-around; however, the right wing struck the runway, which rotated the airplane to the right. Subsequently, the airplane exited the runway surface, impacted a ditch, and nosed over, resulting in substantial damage to the left wing and fuselage. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. The pilot reported at the time of the accident, he was landing on runway 30, and the wind was from 240° at 8 knots, gusting to 17 knots.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during landing with gusting wind.


Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Environmental issues Gusts - Effect on operation
Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll Loss of control on ground (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 22, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: October 5, 2021
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: March 25, 2022
Flight Time: 81.8 hours (Total, all aircraft), 81.8 hours (Total, this make and model), 19.4 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 22.3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 12.4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N976PA
Model/Series: DA20-C1
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2006 
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: C0376
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: February 2, 2022 100 hour Certified 
Max Gross Wt.: 1764 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 36.5 Hrs
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 7079.2 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental Motors
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
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: KSPK,4529 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots / 17 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 240°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.25 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23.9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Spanish Fork, UT
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Spanish Fork, UT 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Spanish Fork Municipal Airport SPK
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4529 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 30 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6500 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Go around; Traffic pattern
Wreckage and Impact Information
Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 40.145153,-111.66523(est)

March 26, 2022

SPANISH FORK, Utah — Two men in their 20s were transported to a hospital with minor injuries after a small airplane crashed at the Spanish Fork Airport on Saturday.

The Diamond DA20-C1 Eclipse plane was caught in a crosswind when landing, causing it to leave the runway, Spanish Fork police Lt. Cory Slaymaker said. The airplane then hit a ditch and flipped, he added.

The Spanish Fork Airport is coordinating cleanup. The runway is currently closed for several hours, according to Slaymaker.

The identities of those involved were not released.

March 26, 2022

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March 26, 2022

March 26, 2022

SPANISH FORK, Utah — A small airplane crashed while attempting to land at the Spanish Fork Municipal Airport Saturday, but the occupants were not seriously injured.

According to Spanish Fork Police, the single-engine plane was landing on the runway when it got caught in crosswinds. It went off the runway and into a ditch, where it flipped over.

The two occupants, both men in their early 20s, were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The plane had originally taken off from the same airport where it was attempting to land.

Police alerted the Federal Aviation Administration of the crash, but it is not yet known if they will conduct an investigation.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

August 19, 2020:  Aircraft made an emergency landing in a field near Spanish Fork Airport (KSPK), Utah County, Utah.

Date: 19-AUG-20
Time: 21:00:00Z
Regis#: N976PA
Aircraft Make: DIAMOND
Aircraft Model: DA20
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
State: UTAH

August 19, 2020

August 19, 2020

August 19, 2020


  1. "Landing 13:01 MDT"
    ARCHIVED METAR OF: 20220326 // FROM: 12 TO: 14 UTC

    KSPK 261215Z AUTO 13011KT 10SM FEW043 11/M03 A3003 RMK AO2
    KSPK 261235Z AUTO 14009KT 10SM CLR 10/M03 A3003 RMK AO2
    KSPK 261255Z AUTO 12009G14KT 10SM CLR 10/M03 A3003 RMK AO2
    KSPK 261315Z AUTO 12009KT 10SM CLR 10/M03 A3004 RMK AO2

    1. So winds were essentially straight up and down the 12/30 runway, yet the last ADS-B readout shows they were landing on 30???

      LAT/LON -- 40.1343 -111.6520
      CRS -- 311°
      KTS -- 62
      MSL -- 4,600
      FPM -- -375

    2. Wasn't landing, was a "flyby". Was it a photo op?

      Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)

      Aircraft caught in crosswind during flyby causing unintentional touchdown...

    3. Low altitude maneuvering.