Accident Diamond DA40 Diamond Star XLS N453DS,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 348997
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Date:Thursday 21 December 2023
Type:Silhouette image of generic DA40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Diamond DA40 Diamond Star XLS
Owner/operator:453DS Aircraft Leasing LLC
Registration: N453DS
MSN: 40.1123
Year of manufacture:2011
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Spanish Fork Municipal Airport Woodhouse Field (KSPK), UT -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Spanish Fork Municipal Airport Woodhouse Field, UT (KSPK)
Destination airport:Spanish Fork Municipal Airport Woodhouse Field, UT (KSPK)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On December 21, 2023, about 1653 mountain standard time, a Diamond Aircraft Industries DA 40, N453DS, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Spanish Fork, Utah. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, he and a passenger departed Spanish Fork Municipal Airport (SPK) for a flight around the area. While about five miles west of SPK, at an altitude of about 10,500 ft mean sea level (msl), they heard a loud sound and saw something depart through the top of the engine cowling. The engine began to run rough along with smoke emanating from the engine area. The pilot noticed that the oil pressure had dropped to zero and the audible oil pressure alarm had activated.

The pilot turned the fuel selector valve to OFF, pulled the mixture to idle cutoff, and opened the window as they made an emergency descent. He stated that during the descent, sparks and pieces of metal were coming out of the cowling. He added that there was a significant amount of smoke in the cockpit, and that it began to clear as he continued his decent towards SPK. The pilot configured the airplane for landing, and upon touchdown on runway 12, the nosewheel collapsed. Once the airplane came to rest, it erupted in flames which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage.

The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: 
Status: Preliminary report
Download report: Preliminary report


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Revision history:

22-Dec-2023 07:00 gerard57 Added
22-Dec-2023 07:25 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
22-Dec-2023 07:28 harro Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
22-Dec-2023 07:31 harro Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Dec-2023 07:32 harro Updated [Other fatalities, Embed code]
22-Dec-2023 07:53 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Category]
22-Dec-2023 07:56 RobertMB Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
22-Dec-2023 11:41 Captain Adam Updated [Source, Narrative]
28-Dec-2023 15:36 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
05-Feb-2024 11:14 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Phase, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Accident report]

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