Accident Diamond DA20-C1 N905CT,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 295524
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Date:Tuesday 15 July 2003
Time:19:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic DV20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Diamond DA20-C1
Owner/operator:Aurora Aviation Inc
Registration: N905CT
MSN: C0105
Engine model:Continental IO-240-B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Hillsboro, Texas -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Hillsboro, TX (5T5)
Destination airport:(5T5)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
During the takeoff roll, as the airplane accelerated through 45-50 knots, the airplane veered abruptly off the right side of the runway. The pilot stated that he then began to rotate to avoid the runway lights. The airplane struck a runway light and settled in a shallow ditch. The pilot reported that he reduced engine power at this time. The airplane then proceed through the ditch, shearing off the nose landing gear, buckling the main landing gear, and damaging the propeller. The airplane traveled another 20 yards before coming to a stop. The pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions with the airplane, and an inspection of the accident site and wreckage did not reveal any mechanical malfunctions with the airplane's brakes. Evidence was found to indicate that the airplane departed the runway about 600 feet from the takeoff runway threshold. An automated weather observation at the airport near the time of the accident indicated that the winds were from 120 degrees at 5 knots. The pilot reported that the airplane veered off toward the right during the takeoff roll, and that the wind was blowing toward the left side of the runway. The pilot's total flight experience was reported to be about 73 hours.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain directional control of the airplane during the takeoff roll. A factor in the accident was the pilot's lack of total flying experience.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: IAD03CA065
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 11 months
Download report: Final report



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