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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 199001
Last updated: 22 December 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic DV20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Diamond DA20
Registration: N781MA
C/n / msn: C0281
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Bristow, VA -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Charlottesville, VA (CHO)
Destination airport:Bristow, VA (HEF)
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to the pilot, after multiple previous landings that night to runway 34L, the airplane was thrown “off course” after it encountered a crosswind. The pilot pulled the power off briefly during the landing, and the airplane touched down. However, he reported that he made a late decision to go around and reapplied the power to establish a climb. He added that the airplane was “off course” at a low airspeed and that he applied full power, but he panicked and reduced his right rudder application, and the airplane veered to the left. The airplane stalled and impacted the ground, the nose landing gear became embedded in the mud, and the airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing root and empennage.
According to the airport security camera video, the airplane descended over runway 34L and made an immediate sharp left 270° turn to the left of the runway heading and rapidly ascended. After the sharp left turn, the airplane was airborne for about 534 ft before impacting the ground and nosing over.
White paint transfer markings observed on the runway surface and damage to the airplane’s left wing indicated that the airplane had impacted the runway surface during the accident sequence.
About 25 minutes before the accident, the published METAR for the accident airport reported that the wind was from 320° at 6 knots. There were no reported wind gusts at the time of the accident, and there were no published wind gusts at the airport for the remainder of the day.
The pilot reported that he had 99 hours of total flight time, 78 hours of which were in the accident airplane make and model, and 4 hours of which were within the 90 days before the accident.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s loss of directional control during a landing attempt at night, which resulted in a delayed go-around procedure and subsequent impact with terrain. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s lack of recent flight experience.



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19-Aug-2017 16:35 ASN Update Bot Added

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