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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 229872
Last updated: 15 April 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic DA40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Diamond DA40 Diamond Star
Owner/operator:Aero Link Flight Academy
Registration: EC-JSX
C/n / msn: 40.066
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mas Gatell, Salomó, Tarragona -   Spain
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Sabadell Airport (QSA/LELL)
Destination airport:Reus Airport (REU/LERS)
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
The instructor and the student had started a visual flight, night VFR, at 18:03 local time from Sabadell airport.
According to its flight plan, with ARK402N, the estimated duration was 3 hours, four hours of autonomy and a route to Girona, Sabadell and Reus.

The crew had planned to rely on the ILS approach to runway 25 of Reus, as it had done on other previous flights. This maneuver begins in the Villafranca VOR and is oriented with the runway heading at the Benid point located 15 NM from Reus. On the flight, the crew had already established radio and radar contact with Barcelona Approach.
The instructor communicated by radio with the Tower of Reus twice and had to contact again when reaching 2000 feet of altitude. A few minutes later the controller took the initiative to communicate with the aircraft and received no response.
After several attempts to establish radio contact with the aircraft without success, the emergency was activated at 20:39 local time. A few hours later, the remains of the aircraft were located at the Mas Gatell in Salomó (Tarragona).
The aircraft hit the ground in a factory enclosure with the top of the metal fence at a strong vertical angle. The remains were scattered downhill in two vineyards up to a distance of approximately 100 meters. The two pilots died. There was no fire.

During the approach the controller had warned the flight of IMC weather along the approach path.

Cause: Failure of the crew to adhere to VFR procedures.

Sources: (photo)

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

11-Oct-2019 05:23 gerard57 Added
11-Oct-2019 05:36 Geno Updated [Cn, Operator, Source]
11-Oct-2019 07:58 gerard57 Updated [Time, Source]
11-Oct-2019 09:11 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Country, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Oct-2019 09:13 RobertMB Updated [Source]
11-Oct-2019 09:52 gerard57 Updated [Country]
23-Oct-2019 14:53 Anon. Updated [Time]
13-Feb-2020 18:58 Anon. Updated [Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
28-Oct-2020 18:09 harro Updated [Time, Narrative, Accident report]

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