Accident Diamond DA40 Diamond Star N544DS, 13 Jul 2009
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 286805
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Time:20:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic DA40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Diamond DA40 Diamond Star
Registration: N544DS
MSN: 40.044
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Cape Girardeau, Missouri -   United States of America
Phase: Standing
Departure airport:Cape Girardeau Airport, MO (CGI/KCGI)
Destination airport:Dexter Municipal Airport, MO (KDXE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot flew his airplane to a mechanic at a fixed base operator (FBO) for repairs to the airplane's brakes. The pilot reported that next day he called the mechanic and the mechanic indicated that the repairs would be complete and the airplane could be picked up later in the day. The pilot called the FBO where the person at the front desk found his keys and indicated that they would be waiting for him at the front desk. There was no note on the keys indicating that the repairs were not complete. The pilot did not detect that the brakes were not repaired during his preflight. The airplane did not stop when pressure was applied to both brakes during the taxi and it impacted a standing fuel truck. The pilot said that the mechanic left him a voice mail message indicating the brakes had not been repaired and that parts would be in the next day; however, he was not aware of the mechanic's message until after the accident occurred.

Probable Cause: The airplane's inoperative brakes while taxiing. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's inadequate preflight.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report

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