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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 189897
Last updated: 24 December 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic DV20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Diamond DA20-C1 Katana
Owner/operator:Falcon Aviation Academy LLC
Registration: N85WP
C/n / msn: C0316
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near West Georgia Regional Airport, GA -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Newnan, GA (CCO)
Destination airport:Newnan, GA (CCO)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The Diamond flight instructor and student pilot were in the traffic pattern at the non-towered airport practicing landings. The Beech pilot entered the traffic pattern on an extended left downwind leg with the intention of landing. Pilots of other airplanes in the pattern reported that the Diamond instructor was making standard traffic pattern callouts on the common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF); however, the Beech pilot was not transmitting on the CTAF. Witness observations, radar data, GPS data, and examination of the wreckage of the two airplanes revealed that, while both airplanes were on final approach for landing, the Beech overtook the Diamond from above and behind. The landing gear of the Beech struck the horizontal stabilizer and elevator of the Diamond, and then both airplanes abruptly descended into the terrain short of the runway. The Beech came to rest inverted and on top of the Diamond. An examination of wreckage of both airplanes did not reveal evidence of any preaccident anomalies or malfunctions.

Testing of the Beech's VHF communications radio revealed that it was set to an old CTAF frequency for the airport that had been changed about 5 years before the accident. A local airport frequency card dated 7 years before the accident that was found in the Beech's cockpit listed the old CTAF frequency that was set in the Beech's radio. Another pilot at a different airport heard the Beech pilot making pattern calls on the incorrect frequency about the time of the accident.

Probable Cause: The failure of the Beech pilot to see and avoid the Diamond that was in front of and below his airplane on final approach and his use of an incorrect radio communication frequency for the airport.


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Revision history:

07-Sep-2016 17:51 gerard57 Added
07-Sep-2016 17:52 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Narrative]
08-Sep-2016 15:28 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Sep-2016 16:46 junior sjc Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Source]
10-Sep-2016 15:42 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code]
30-Sep-2016 16:07 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
16-Dec-2017 14:54 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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