Accident Diamond DA40 Diamond Star N447JP, 30 Aug 2013
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 289779
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Time:10:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic DA40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Diamond DA40 Diamond Star
Owner/operator:Glm Advisory LLC
Registration: N447JP
MSN: 40.347
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Blairsville, Georgia -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Charleston Executive Airport, SC (KJZI)
Destination airport:Andrews-Western Carolina Regional Airport, NC (KRHP)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
According to the pilot, he was at 6,500 feet mean sea level (msl) when he encountered a dark cloud. The pilot decided to descend to 4,500 msl through a 'hole” in the clouds and when he 'popped” out of the cloud he realized he was going to impact trees. He pulled back on the yoke and the airplane subsequently impacted trees and terrain. A postaccident examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed the left wing and empennage had separated from the airplane post-impact. The pilot reported no pre-impact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would preclude normal operations.

Probable Cause: The pilot's decision to continue visual flight into deteriorating weather, which resulted in an encounter with instrument meteorological conditions and subsequent inability to maintain clearance with terrain.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report

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05-Oct-2022 18:06 ASN Update Bot Added

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