Accident Diamond DA20-C1 Eclipse N960CT,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45499
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Date:Saturday 6 July 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic DV20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Diamond DA20-C1 Eclipse
Owner/operator:AV-ED Flight Schools Inc.
Registration: N960CT
MSN: C0120
Total airframe hrs:212 hours
Engine model:Continental IO240B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Leesburg, VA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Leesburg Executive Airport, VA (JYO/KJYO)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On July 6, 2002, about 1020 eastern daylight time, a Diamond Aircraft Industries DA 20C-1, N960CT, operated by AV-ED Flight School Inc., was substantially damaged during a forced landing in Leesburg, Virginia. The certificated airline transport pilot sustained fatal injuries, and the pilot rated passenger was seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight that departed Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO), Leesburg, VA, about 0940. No flight plan was filed for the personal flight conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.

The passenger reported that the pilot departed the airport, completed a touch-and go, and flew to a practice area. The passenger then flew two clearing turns at 2,500 feet msl, and the pilot subsequently retook control of the airplane and climbed to 3,000 feet msl. After the pilot leveled the airplane about 2,900 feet msl, the engine lost all power. The pilot completed emergency checklist items, but was unable to restart the engine. The pilot then attempted a forced landing to a field. The airplane impacted in residential area; left wing low, nose down, and slid about 100 feet. Aside from a sooty number two cylinder, examination of the wreckage did not reveal any discrepancies. After the initial examination, the engine was then disassembled, and no discrepancies were observed. The fuel control unit, injector lines, nozzles, manifold, magnetos, number two cylinder and piston, and connecting rod, were all tested at the engine manufacturer's facility. The fuel components and magnetos flowed and tested within specifications respectively. The cause of the black sooty deposit within the number two cylinder could not be determined; however, the deposit appeared to be over normal combustion deposit.

Probable Cause: A loss of engine power for undetermined reasons.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: NYC02FA131
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 9 months
Download report: Final report





Photo: NTSB

Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
28-May-2010 00:16 TB Updated [Other fatalities, Destination airport, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
09-Dec-2017 16:54 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Apr-2024 19:19 Captain Adam Updated [Departure airport, Narrative, Photo]

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