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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58864
Last updated: 12 June 2020
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Date:01-MAR-2009
Time:23:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DA40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Diamond DA40 Diamond Star
Owner/operator:Plant City Airport Services
Registration: N521DS
C/n / msn: 40.621
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:1 mile off Trinidad Head, near Arcata, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Bakersfield, CA (KBFL)
Destination airport:Arcata Airport, CA (KACV)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The pilot was executing an over-water instrument approach to Runway 14 on a dark night in an area of moderate to heavy precipitation and light to moderate turbulence. Based upon the airplane's descent profile, recorded radar data, local ocean currents, and the ultimate distribution of debris along the beach, the airplane impacted the ocean's surface about one-half mile offshore and about seven statute miles northwest of the Arcata Airport. In the forty-two hours immediately preceding the accident, the pilot had flown about twenty hours and forty-five minutes, and had crossed four time zones. There was no record of the pilot acquiring a weather briefing relating to his destination on the day of the accident.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain proper altitude and glidepath while executing a night instrument approach. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's fatigue.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20090309X63114&key=1
FAA
http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_11820459
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N521DS/history/20090302/0340Z/KBFL/KACV
http://www.velozia.com/?p=708


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Mar-2009 10:57 harro Updated
04-Mar-2009 07:19 Digitalis Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
01-Dec-2017 12:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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