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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 135291
Last updated: 24 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic DV20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Diamond DA20-A1
Registration: N630DA
C/n / msn: 10300
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Eureka, UT -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Provo, UT (PVU)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to the pilot, he was maneuvering over the sand dunes between Eureka and Delta. The temperature was rising and it started getting "bumpy" so he elected to return to Provo. While flying over the mountains west of Eureka, approximately 1000 feet above ground level, his "controls became mush." The airplane began descending rapidly, at which time the pilot "put in full prop[eller] and power, pitch[ing] for 75 kts." It was apparent that the airplane would not clear the rising terrain, so the pilot reversed course towards the "canyon." The pilot stated the airspeed was "right above stall speed." Subsequently, the aircraft collided with the trees. The airplane's empennage was separated from the fuselage.

Probable Cause: the pilot's improper in-flight planning and failure to maintain aircraft control. Contributing factors include high density altitude, hilly terrain, low airspeed and the subsequent inadvertent stall/mush.



Revision history:

21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
08-Dec-2017 18:48 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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