Loss of control Accident Diamond DA40 Diamond Star VH-MPM, Tuesday 26 September 2017
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Date:Tuesday 26 September 2017
Time:09:50 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic DA40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Diamond DA40 Diamond Star
Owner/operator:Aircrew Training and Support/Auslink Aviation
Registration: VH-MPM
MSN: 40.674
Year of manufacture:2006
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Allenview, north of Beaudesert, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Brisbane-Archerfield Airport, QLD (ACF/YBAF)
Destination airport:Brisbane-Archerfield Airport, QLD (ACF/YBAF)
Investigating agency: ATSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On 26 September 2017, an instructor and student conducted a training flight in a Diamond DA40 aircraft, registered VH-MPM, from Archerfield Airport, Queensland. The flight training organisation was Aircrew Training and Support Pty Ltd, and the purpose of the flight was a simulated Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) flight test to prepare the student for an upcoming RPL flight test.
The aircraft entered a developed spin during manoeuvres consistent with advanced stall recovery training which likely included intentional incipient spins. The spin continued until the aircraft collided with terrain. The instructor and student were fatally injured and the aircraft was destroyed.

What the ATSB found
The ATSB found that the aircraft limitation prohibiting intentional spins was intended to include incipient spins. However, the manoeuvre was not defined and some operators considered that the manoeuvre was not an intentional spin. In addition, the aircraft was not certified for developed spin recovery, and the capability of the aircraft to recover from a developed spin had not been established nor was it required to be.

The ATSB also found that the instructor could not or did not prevent the aircraft from entering a developed spin, for reasons that could not be established.
The instructor’s flight records showed no evidence of spin training since his initial instructor training in January 2011. After this initial training, there was no requirement for an instructor to undergo any further spin training. However, a week before the accident flight, the student had mishandled the recovery from an incipient spin and the accident flight instructor had taken control of the aircraft and recovered, showing that he had the ability to recover from a spin at that stage of development.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Report number: AO-2017-096
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 7 months
Download report: Final report





Photo: ATSB


Revision history:

26-Sep-2017 00:56 Geno Added
26-Sep-2017 01:01 Geno Updated [Time, Source, Damage, Narrative, ]
26-Sep-2017 01:06 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Source, ]
26-Sep-2017 03:27 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, ]
26-Sep-2017 06:21 Bidgee Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, ]
01-Nov-2017 17:51 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Operator, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, ]
29-Dec-2018 19:52 Anon. Updated [Embed code, ]
22-May-2019 06:47 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Photo, Accident report, ]

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