Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Diamond DA20-C1, N4107F: Incident occurred September 18, 2022 at Falcon Field Airport (KFFZ), Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aircraft had stabilizer failure during run up. 

CAE Oxford Aviation Academy Phoenix Inc

Date: 18-SEP-22
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N4107F
Aircraft Make: DIAMOND
Aircraft Model: DA20
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries
Pax: 1 No Injuries 
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: FAR 141 PILOT SCHOOL
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 91
City: MESA


  1. Something must have been broke for a while…stab failure? Did it fall off?

  2. Wonder why a preflight didn't catch it.

  3. They don’t specify the nature of the failure. I rented a C172 from a place once, and the flight controls were fine during preflight. At the hold short line ready for takeoff, during a pre takeoff control check, the yoke got hung up on some electrical wiring behind the instrument panel. During preflight it was fine.

    1. Now that's a scary thought. It took more than the initial ground flight control check prior to taxi out to catch those rogue wires that got loose for whatever reason.

    2. This was the entire tail, my Mx experience is extensively DA40/42/62 including NG of all those, but I’d bet the 20 has a similar tail/elevator set up. Held on by 4 metal bars and 8 bolts, guessing one of those sheared

  4. Those KFFZ CAE Oxford airplanes are flown hard, with multiple students in all phases of training up through CFI pretty much weather-permitting every day 24/7. Maintenance ops there runs 24/7 as well.