Accident Diamond DA20-C1 N363M,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 134974
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Date:Monday 25 June 2007
Type:Silhouette image of generic DV20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Diamond DA20-C1
Owner/operator:Professional Air
Registration: N363M
MSN: C0328
Year of manufacture:2005
Engine model:Continental IO-240
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:La Pine, OR -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Bend, OR (KBDN)
Destination airport:Bend, OR (KBDN)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The student pilot reported that he departed on a cross-country, solo, instructional flight. The pilot made touch and go landings at two different airports and then began his return to the departure airport. At the beginning of the return leg, the pilot checked his fuel gauges and noted that he believed he "would make it back [to the departure airport] with at least a quarter tank remaining." En route, the pilot checked his fuel gauges again, noted that they were indicating lower than he expected, and decided to divert to a closer airport. Approximately 25 miles from that airport, the pilot became convinced that he did not have enough fuel to reach the airfield. The pilot decided to make a precautionary landing before he ran out of fuel. The pilot selected a paved road with trees lining both sides as a landing site, and flew the airplane in a "descending right circle" to observe the area. The airplane touched down on the center of the road, but there was not enough lateral clearance, resulting in the left wing impacting trees that lined the south side of the road. The aircraft veered to the left, the nose gear collapsed, and the aircraft skidded to a stop on the road.
Probable Cause: The pilot's selection of an unsuitable landing site for a precautionary landing. Contributing factors were the pilot's failure to refuel the airplane, the low fuel level, and trees.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: SEA07CA184
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



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Revision history:

21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
04-Dec-2017 18:40 ASN Update Bot Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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